Updated, 5:21 pm – The National Weather Service has assessed the damage the tornado caused to the Floyd County Fairgrounds and surrounding areas as a ‘high-end EF 1’ with max winds in the 100-110 miles per hour range.
Charles City, Iowa 4:20 pm – Two tornadoes touched down in Northeast Iowa earlier Monday afternoon with one causing damage in Floyd County, and the other in Lime Springs.
The first came shortly after 12:30pm near the Floyd County Fairgrounds.
Fairboard President Amy Staudt was there as the twister tore through the complex.
Volunteers began cleaning up the grounds almost immediately after the storm moved through, but according to Staudt, they’re limited to what they can do.
The twister reportedly tracked to the north and east nearly missing Charles City, according to the county’s Emergency Management Director Lezlie Weber.
She added it’s too early to discuss damage estimates, but they’ve launched the emergency operations center where citizens can report damage by calling 641-257-6144.
Weber says volunteers are needed and you can contact the EOC to sign up.
Another tornado touched down northeast of Elma shortly after the first twister. It tracked through Chickasaw and Howard Counties before leaving a path of damaged homes, roofs and downed power lines in Lime Springs, where home searches have begun.
The national weather service announced they’ll be surveying storm damage later this afternoon into the evening.