Some two dozen tornadoes tore through parts of Iowa and Nebraska earlier this week as part of a powerful storm system that swept across the Great Plains and the Midwest.
The National Weather Service has confirmed seven of those twisters were in north/northeast Iowa. The National Weather Service has been conducting damage surveys and preliminary results include the EF1 that hit Rudd, which, while on the ground less than a mile, caused water and power outages throughout the entire town. The tornado was about 65 yards wide with peak winds estimated at 110 mph.
The NWS also confirmed an EF1 tornado near Marble Rock with a path of almost seven miles, a max width of 80 yards and peak winds estimated at 110 mph. An EF0 tornado in the Elma area, also on Wednesday night, was on the ground for about five miles, had a max width of 50 yards, and peak winds of about 85 mph. The same system that affected Chickasaw County also spawned tornadoes in Howard County near Maple Leaf and Schley, about halfway between Elma and Cresco.
The strongest twister in north Iowa was the EF2 tornado that was on the ground in eastern Franklin County for over 15 miles, stretching from near Bradford northeast to the West Fork Wildlife Area. Winds were estimated at 120 to 130 mph.
The longest tornado path was that of an EF2 on the ground for almost 30 miles starting near Belmond in Wright County before ending almost 20 minutes later near Meservey in southwest Cerro Gordo County. Winds were estimated between 115 and 120 mph.