(Des Moines) A powerful storm swept from southwest to northeast Iowa Sunday…spawning at least one confirmed tornado near Adel. A trained spotter witnessed the storm near Adel and gave visual confirmation to the weather service that a tornado touched down around 6:40 p.m.
“I would estimate between two and three miles west of Booneville, there was a large funnel cloud coming down towards the ground,” stated the witness. “It was coming down towards the ground and I called the Weather Service and told them I have a visual on it and within minutes it was rain wrapped, but you could see the low cloud base moving northeast and around 40 mph.
In the area of the tornado path, reports from area law enforcement and the public showed a number of tree limbs down. Power for nearly two thousand Mid-American energy customers was out in Grimes and other areas
The Ankeny High School Graduation had to be stopped for a time while attendees were evacuated due to the tornado.
One of thing the storms did last night; ended the state’s streak of consecutive days without a tornado…by having several touch down in a few hours Sunday evening.
Iowa Radio Network
May 20, 2013