4:45pm Update: The NWS La Crosse has conducted a survey of yesterday’s tornado damage in Howard County, IA and Fillmore County, MN.
Location was from 1.5 miles north of Riceville, IA to about 3 miles northeast of Harmony, MN.
- Total track length: 28 miles
- Estimated time on ground: 2:33pm to 3:29pm
- Strongest EF Damage: Higher-end EF2, winds of 130-135mph
- Maximum Width: 250 Yards
10:15am Update: We have crews in Harmony and in the Lime Springs/Riceville, IA area and will have more information from there both here on the blog and on the NewsCenter at Noon, 5, 6, and 10pm.
The current number of tornado reports from Sunday, May 22nd now sits at 48. Today, there is a continued threat for severe, tornadic thunderstorms across much of Oklahoma into far southwest Missouri — an area that is storm weary, to say the very least.
Locally, a tornado (by all appearances, but not confirmed by NWS survey as of this posting) ripped through rural areas of northern Howard County in northeast Iowa and then through southern Fillmore County, lifting just shy of Harmony — at least by all reports so far. There will be a lot more known on specific locations of tornado damage once the National Weather Service has surveyed Howard, Fillmore, Houston, and La Crosse counties.
Here are some of the pictures we’ve received from near Chester, Iowa and near Harmony, MN. Click on each to see a larger version. In addition to the photos posted here, there are many pictures posted to our facebook page.
The following pictures were taken near Chester, Iowa. They were taken by our KTTC Content Manager, Axel Gumbel.
The following image was put together by the National Weather Service in La Crosse and is a graphical summary of the warnings issued by their office from 1pm – 7pm on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011.
Locally, we were fortunate. The tornado that struck Minneapolis killed one person and left others injured. The worst tornado from Sunday’s outbreak struck Joplin, Missouri. The death toll there is nearing 100 people — last I’d heard from local media in Missouri was 89 killed.
The following is areal video of the tornado that struck Minneapolis.