Marshalltown Hospital Closed Due to Tornado Damage

Frederick Owens
July 20, 2018

Another tornado hit agricultural machinery maker Vermeer Manufacturing, where some people were still working, in the town of Pella, about 64kms southeast of Des Moines.

Alex Krull, a meteorologist with the service in Des Moines, said Thursday afternoon that forecasting models produced in the morning showed only a slight chance of strong thunderstorms later in the day. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but there were reports of several tornadoes in the area, which is located about an hour north-east of Des Moines.

Violent storms ripped across central Iowa Thursday.

Alliant Energy says almost 6,400 Marshalltown customers remained without power Friday morning.

Julie Owen from Des Moines was visiting her daughter in Marshalltown when the tornado hit. Officials said citizens coming to Marshalltown to view the damage are hampering the efforts.

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T.J. Phillips, who captured the Bondurant tornado on video as it tore through a neighborhood, can be heard saying, "Houses are being torn to shreds". "It's just an absolute mess".

Seven people injured at the plant were taken to Pella Regional Health Center, hospital spokeswoman Billie Rhamy said.

The city had activated its tornado siren and most staff were in underground shelters when the storm hit, but huge sheets of metal were left scattered through a vehicle park, ripping a hole in the side of a building, overturning cars and piling them onto others.

At least 10 people were injured in Marshalltown and seven at a factory near Pella. They were later released after suffering minor injuries, police said. The Vermeer Corporation said on Facebook that the severe weather hit multiple facilities at 4 p.m. She credited the company's security team with moving them all to safety.

An Emergency Operations Center has been set up in the Marshalltown Fire Department, 107 South 2nd Avenue, phone number 641-754-5751. The Marshall County Courthouse, several businesses and dozens of homes damaged, but few injuries and no deaths have been reported.

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