At least five area tornadoes have been confirmed from Tuesday night’s storms that crossed north Iowa.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in LaCrosse says an EF-1 twister with max wind speeds of 110 mph was on the ground for just over two miles at Brownville in Mitchell County just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. A few minutes later, an EF-1 with winds up to 100 mph passed through Riceville and was on the ground for just over five miles as it crossed from Mitchell County into Howard County. About 11:15 p.m. that same weather system spawned an EF-0 tornado at Saratoga in Howard County with max wind speeds reaching 75 mph. It was on the ground for less than half a mile.
The NWS in Des Moines has confirmed a tornado ravaged the south side of Mason City Tuesday night, rating it as an EF-1 with wind speeds up to 110 mph and a duration of almost 4.5 miles on the ground. In Hancock County, an EF-0 tornado with winds up to 85 mph and a one-mile path was confirmed at Kanawha.
More tornadoes may still be confirmed from Tuesday night’s storm system. No injuries have been reported.