3 Tornadoes Hit Iowa on Tuesday Morning
The National Weather Service reported three tornadoes in Iowa on Tuesday morning in Madison, Warren and Marion counties.
The Madison County twister happened at Badger Creek State Park at 5:21 a.m. It was rated and EF-1 with 110 mph winds. No injuries have been reported.
Another tornado caused damage in Lacona. It was an EF-3 with 135 mph winds. It was on the ground for five minutes around 6 a.m. on an over 5 mile path.
A third tornado was reported in Marion County impacted the town of Tracy just before 6:30 a.m. It was rated an EF-1 with estimated peak wind speeds of 110 mph.
That brings the total to four this month. Iowa averages around 4 tornadoes in the month of August.
So far, there has been 40 tornadoes in Iowa this year. The state averages around 51/year. The strongest tornado this year occurred on May 29th in extreme SE Iowa, near the Missouri border, northeast of the town of Cantril. It was an EF-3 with 140 mph winds. (This is the only EF-3 tornado so far this year in Iowa)
In 2018, Iowa saw 69 twisters.