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The chance of earthquake damage in Council Bluffs is about the same as Iowa average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Council Bluffs is lower than Iowa average and is much higher than the national average.

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Earthquake Index, #173

Council Bluffs, IA
0.01
Iowa
0.00
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Council Bluffs, IA
0.0000
Iowa
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #593

Council Bluffs, IA
223.72
Iowa
236.74
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 4,349 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Council Bluffs, IA were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:37Cold:80Dense Fog:0Drought:8
Dust Storm:0Flood:351Hail:1,881Heat:17Heavy Snow:36
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:24Landslide:0Strong Wind:86
Thunderstorm Winds:1,562Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:108Winter Weather:13
Other:146 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Council Bluffs, IA.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Council Bluffs, IA.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Council Bluffs, IA.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 75 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Council Bluffs, IA.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
2.01988-07-15241°16'N / 95°52'W2.30 Miles100 Yards04225.0M0Pottawattamie
2.01988-07-15341°16'N / 95°52'W2.80 Miles73 Yards03425.0M0Pottawattamie
5.91968-08-18341°15'N / 95°57'W41°15'N / 95°32'W21.30 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Douglas
6.21992-06-16241°09'N / 95°54'W41°09'N / 95°50'W3.00 Miles73 Yards0025K0Mills
9.71975-05-06441°11'N / 96°04'W41°17'N / 96°01'W6.90 Miles267 Yards3118250.0M0Douglas
10.71988-05-07241°20'N / 95°57'W41°27'N / 95°49'W7.20 Miles73 Yards002.5M0Pottawattamie
11.11975-03-27241°15'N / 96°04'W0.50 Mile300 Yards04250K0Douglas
11.91975-05-06441°10'N / 96°04'W41°11'N / 96°04'W1.10 Miles267 Yards015250K0Sarpy
14.32008-06-08241°11'N / 96°08'W41°13'N / 96°07'W3.00 Miles440 Yards030K0KDouglas
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This is the continuation of tornado number 1 (of 2) to hit the Omaha metro area this night. Tornado number 1 crossed over from Sarpy county near 144th and Harrison Streets before merging with tornado number 2 just east of 132nd and Westwood Lane. From there the merged tornado continued northeast to near 114th and Shirley Streets. Tornado number 1 traveled at about 50 mph in Douglas county. Tornado number 1 produced EF2 damage in both Douglas and Sarpy counties. Although tree and roof damage was noted along most of the track, the area hardest hit in Douglas county was around 137th and Y Streets. A few homes had their roofs completely blown off in this area, while others had significant roof and siding damage. The tornado then hit a Walmart, Sams Club and Home Depot causing damage to each of those businesses after it crossed L Street. Tornado number 1 first set down just southeast of 232nd and West Angus Road about a mile west of Gretna in Sarpy county. It traveled about 8 miles in Sarpy county before crossing into Douglas county. The tornadoes spun up on the leading edge of a bow echo that gathered strength and raced through the Omaha metropolitan region. OPPD reported that 13,800 customers lost power from the storm. In total, more than 500 homeowners reported damage from the storm and according to FEMA, 7 homes were destroyed and 21 others sustained major damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: As one unseasonably strong upper level system lifted into Canada another one dropped down behind it across the northern Plains. This caused surface low pressure to develop over northeast Kansas along a cold front that was crossing the plains. This in turn caused the front to slow down as it moved into southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. A small line of thunderstorms that had developed along the front moved ahead of it and encountered a strong low level jet. The combination of the low level jet, and a warm front that extended east of the low, strengthened the line segment just to the southwest of Omaha and causing it to bow out. In turn a few quick moving spin-up circulations and 2 tornadoes developed as the bow echo crossed the Omaha area. Although these tornadoes hit in the middle of the night and caused significant damage in the Omaha area, there were no deaths or serious injuries with the storm. The system also produced areas of heavy rain which caused some flash flooding and then eventual river flooding.
14.91999-05-16241°12'N / 95°35'W41°17'N / 95°33'W5.00 Miles120 Yards00690K0Pottawattamie
 Brief Description: Destroyed mostly farm buildings and equipment, did damage a few homes.
15.31988-05-07241°11'N / 96°10'W41°12'N / 96°07'W2.50 Miles73 Yards002.5M0Douglas
16.51975-05-06241°24'N / 95°51'W41°32'N / 95°40'W12.80 Miles500 Yards0025K0Pottawattamie
18.82008-06-08241°08'N / 96°16'W41°11'N / 96°08'W8.00 Miles440 Yards000K0KSarpy
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This was the first touchdown of 2 tornadoes that hit the Omaha metro area this night. Tornado number 1 started just southeast of 232ND and West Angus Road about a mile west of Gretna. A garage was demolished at this point, suggesting EF1 damage. The tornado moved east northeast at 45 mph and produced scattered EF0 damage in Gretna with tree and shingle damage noted. From there tornado number 1 continued northeast to near 156th and Giles Road. EF 2 damage was noted just southwest of that point with major roof damage to a home. The tornado then crossed over into the Millard area of Douglas county where it continued for about 3 more miles before merging with tornado number 2. Tornado 1 also caused EF2 damage in Douglas county with much of it concentrated in the vicinity of 137th and Y Streets. The tornadoes spun up on the leading edge of a bow echo that gathered strength as it raced through the Omaha metropolitan area. More than 500 homeowners reported damage from the storm and OPPD reported that 13,800 customers lost power. EPISODE NARRATIVE: As one unseasonably strong upper level system lifted into Canada another one dropped down behind it across the northern Plains. This caused surface low pressure to develop over northeast Kansas along a cold front that was crossing the plains. This in turn caused the front to slow down as it moved into southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. A small line of thunderstorms that had developed along the front moved ahead of it and encountered a strong low level jet. The combination of the low level jet, and a warm front that extended east of the low, strengthened the line segment just to the southwest of Omaha and causing it to bow out. In turn a few quick moving spin-up circulations and 2 tornadoes developed as the bow echo crossed the Omaha area. Although these tornadoes hit in the middle of the night and caused significant damage in the Omaha area, there were no deaths or serious injuries with the storm. The system also produced areas of heavy rain which caused some flash flooding and then eventual river flooding.
20.91975-05-06241°28'N / 95°52'W41°37'N / 95°48'W10.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Pottawattamie
21.51988-05-07241°07'N / 96°20'W41°11'N / 96°10'W6.70 Miles73 Yards212.5M0Sarpy
22.31976-06-26441°27'N / 95°36'W41°29'N / 95°30'W5.10 Miles200 Yards062.5M0Pottawattamie
22.91972-09-12241°30'N / 95°42'W41°35'N / 95°39'W5.90 Miles100 Yards0025K0Harrison
25.01979-08-28340°55'N / 95°46'W40°52'N / 95°40'W5.60 Miles533 Yards003K0Mills
25.82009-03-23241°33'N / 95°57'W41°40'N / 95°55'W9.00 Miles440 Yards000K0KHarrison
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down near highway 30 about 1.5 miles west of the interchange between Interstate 29 and Highway 30, or about 3 miles west of Missouri Valley Iowa. The tornado was at its strongest and widest within a mile of its touchdown point, becoming weaker with more intermittent damage farther north. Near the touchdown point, a barn sustained roof damage and a windmill was knocked down. One-half mile north of Highway 30, 54 empty grain rail cars were derailed. One mile north of Highway 30, along 305th St., two residences were impacted by the tornado. A 100-year-old single family residence directly in its path was completely destroyed, with all walls collapsed and debris relocated about 50 feet north of the foundation. The debris collected over the site of a cinder block garage, which also partially collapsed. About 100 yards north of the garage site, a machine shed was collapsed onto a combine inside, which had been moved by the wind. Trees near the house sustained some broken limbs and treetops, and a power pole was snapped. The damage at this site was given an EF2 rating. Another residence one-quarter mile to its west sustained minor siding and shingle damage and windows were broken. Seven of the eight outbuildings at that residence were collapsed, with debris strewn into nearby fields. Damage at the two houses indicated a path width of one quarter mile at that point, the widest along the path of the tornado. The tornado continued northward, overturning two semis on Interstate 29. From there to a point about 3 miles southwest of Magnolia, near the intersection of the Loess Hills Trail and Melody Oaks Trail, intermittent light damage to trees and roofs of a couple of outbuildings was noted. From this point, the survey team determined the damage path narrowed to 100 yards or less based on scattered tree and outbuilding damage, with EF0 intensity north of Interstate 29. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An intense upper level low pressure system tracked from eastern Colorado into southeast South Dakota from March 23rd to March 24th. This caused a surface low pressure system to move from western Nebraska into southeast South Dakota during that time. As the low tracked northeast, a dry-line moved into eastern Nebraska during the afternoon of March 23rd. With surface temperatures in the 60s and 70s, and dewpoint temperatures in the 50s, ample instability was in place to allow a line of severe thunderstorms to develop as the dry-line punched eastward. Several fast moving and low-topped supercell thunderstorms were embedded in the line, and one cell produced cyclic tornadoes from southeast of Lincoln into western Iowa. The storms in the line were moving north northeast at between 50 and 60 mph. In addition to the severe weather, strong southerly gradient winds prevailed ahead of the low pressure. In some cases the winds gusted between 50 and 60 mph for several hours across parts of eastern Nebraska.
25.92007-05-05241°09'N / 95°22'W41°15'N / 95°21'W7.00 Miles400 Yards000K0KPottawattamie
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado crossed into Pottawattamie county from Montgomery county about 4 miles southeast of Macedonia. The total path length was around 11.5 miles. Although over half of it was in Pottawattamie county, most of the damage was done in Montgomery county where a roof was torn off of a house, barns were destroyed and cars were tossed into a field. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A warm front that was along the Kansas and Nebraska border early Saturday morning May 5th, lifted north during the day bringing widespread heavy rain and severe weather, including tornadoes, to eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. The warm front was part of a large upper level system that brought several days of severe weather and flooding to the region. Heavy rain and flooding was reported with some of the activity Saturday morning, along with isolated severe thunderstorm reports. However, during the afternoon the severe weather became more widespread over northeast Nebraska where supercells spawned several tornadoes. At this time, thunderstorms, some severe with heavy rain, produced flash flooding over parts of southeast Nebraska. By evening much of the severe weather, including supercell producing tornadoes, shifted into southwest Iowa, although isolated severe thunderstorms persisted over parts of eastern Nebraska until after midnight CDT.
26.01984-06-12240°52'N / 95°56'W0.50 Mile50 Yards003K0Cass
27.21999-05-16341°38'N / 95°54'W41°38'N / 95°48'W6.20 Miles200 Yards00100K0Harrison
 Brief Description: The smaller of 2 strong tornadoes that hit Harrison county the afternoon of 5/16/99. This one destroyed a home west of Logan before it weakened, it then made a loop back to the northwest before dissipating.
27.31999-05-16341°36'N / 95°52'W41°40'N / 95°45'W7.50 Miles440 Yards2161.9M0Harrison
 Brief Description: The stronger of the 2 tornadoes that ripped through Harrison county the afternoon of 5/16/99 killed 2 people and destroyed 6 homes and a bridge before it dissipated a couple of miles east of Logan. A family of 5 leaving a high school graduation party encountered the tornado on a road around 6 miles northeast of Missouri Valley and took cover in a ditch about the time the path of the tornado widened to a quarter mile. Two of them were killed after their car and a 3-ton combine head were thrown on them. There were also numerous flipped or smashed vehicles in this area. F37OU, F15OU
28.11952-08-13441°01'N / 96°19'W40°56'N / 96°13'W7.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Cass
28.51984-06-12240°48'N / 96°09'W40°55'N / 95°59'W11.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Cass
28.71953-06-07241°33'N / 96°15'W41°34'N / 96°10'W4.10 Miles33 Yards0125K0Washington
29.01983-05-06241°34'N / 95°57'W41°45'N / 95°45'W15.00 Miles20 Yards00250K0Harrison
29.32007-05-05241°03'N / 95°19'W41°06'N / 95°21'W5.00 Miles400 Yards000K0KMontgomery
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado tore the roof off of a house, destroyed a barn, downed trees and power poles and tossed cars into a field. Most of the damage was in Montgomery county, east of Henderson (which is in Mills county). The tornado crossed into Pottawattamie county about 4 miles southeast of Macedonia. The total path length was around 11.5 miles. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A warm front that was along the Kansas and Nebraska border early Saturday morning May 5th, lifted north during the day bringing widespread heavy rain and severe weather, including tornadoes, to eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. The warm front was part of a large upper level system that brought several days of severe weather and flooding to the region. Heavy rain and flooding was reported with some of the activity Saturday morning, along with isolated severe thunderstorm reports. However, during the afternoon the severe weather became more widespread over northeast Nebraska where supercells spawned several tornadoes. At this time, thunderstorms, some severe with heavy rain, produced flash flooding over parts of southeast Nebraska. By evening much of the severe weather, including supercell producing tornadoes, shifted into southwest Iowa, although isolated severe thunderstorms persisted over parts of eastern Nebraska until after midnight CDT.
29.41992-06-16241°21'N / 95°21'W41°24'N / 95°17'W4.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Pottawattamie
29.61988-05-07241°07'N / 96°28'W41°07'N / 96°20'W7.00 Miles73 Yards002.5M0Saunders
29.71990-06-13240°52'N / 95°39'W40°53'N / 95°27'W10.50 Miles67 Yards00250K0Fremont
32.11952-08-13441°13'N / 96°35'W41°01'N / 96°19'W19.40 Miles110 Yards020250K0Saunders
33.91964-04-20240°54'N / 95°23'W01250K0Montgomery
34.51973-09-25241°33'N / 95°20'W0025K0Shelby
34.91964-06-22340°45'N / 95°36'W40°50'N / 95°29'W8.00 Miles400 Yards00250K0Fremont
35.11950-05-08241°02'N / 95°16'W41°01'N / 95°13'W000K0Montgomery
35.91957-04-25440°49'N / 96°54'W41°11'N / 96°02'W51.70 Miles333 Yards002.5M0Lancaster
36.51979-08-28340°52'N / 95°40'W40°41'N / 95°22'W19.90 Miles533 Yards2142.5M0Fremont
37.21992-06-16341°39'N / 95°48'W41°52'N / 95°32'W19.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Harrison
37.61959-05-26240°36'N / 95°38'W40°49'N / 95°45'W15.90 Miles400 Yards0025K0Fremont
38.11970-05-12241°28'N / 95°14'W41°26'N / 95°07'W5.90 Miles400 Yards00250K0Pottawattamie
38.81960-06-15241°42'N / 96°17'W0025K0Burt
39.01964-04-20240°45'N / 95°28'W40°47'N / 95°25'W2.70 Miles300 Yards0025K0Fremont
39.61959-05-20241°14'N / 96°37'W12.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Saunders
39.71970-06-15241°26'N / 96°57'W41°33'N / 96°08'W42.90 Miles600 Yards000K0Butler
41.31983-05-01240°38'N / 95°40'W40°42'N / 95°35'W7.00 Miles20 Yards032.5M0Fremont
41.71962-05-07241°36'N / 96°30'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0525K0Dodge
41.81968-04-16240°43'N / 95°27'W2.00 Miles200 Yards0025K0Fremont
41.82008-06-11241°48'N / 96°06'W41°51'N / 96°01'W5.00 Miles440 Yards000K0KHarrison
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This is a continuation of the tornado that initially touched down in Burt county Nebraska, about 4.5 miles west of Little Sioux Iowa. The tornado eventually reached EF3 strength in Monona county when it hit a boyscout camp where 4 fatalities and 48 injuries occurred. The tornado crossed into Harrison county near mile marker 97 on Interstate 29 where a semi-truck was flipped. The tornado snapped power poles northeast of there with an estimated strength of EF2 in Harrison county. The tornado then crossed into Monona county Iowa about 4 miles north of Little Sioux. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A very strong and unseasonably cold upper level low pressure system that was tracking across the northern plains brought a strong low level jet to the region during the early morning hours of June 11th. The warm and unstable air that worked north into the region helped spawn early morning severe thunderstorms across eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Later that day as the upper level system worked into the central Dakotas, a cold front pushed across the region. This helped set off another round of thunderstorms that developed over east central Nebraska by late afternoon. Isolated small supercell thunderstorms initially developed ahead of the cold front over eastern Nebraska, but they were quickly overtaken by a broken line of larger supercell thunderstorms, some of the heavy precipitation type, that developed along the cold front. Cell mergers and training were observed well into the evening hours as the activity quickly spread across southwest Iowa. The storms produced a total of 8 confirmed tornadoes in the Omaha/Valley warning area which covers eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa.
42.62004-08-26240°39'N / 95°36'W40°40'N / 95°33'W3.00 Miles880 Yards0000Fremont
 Brief Description: A tornado that eventually reached f2 in strength first touched down 2.5 miles southwest of Riverton. The tornado reached it's maximum intensity and maximum damage width of 1/2 mile when it destroyed a home on 270th street. The tornado also caused signifcant damage to another house, several vehicles, other farm outbuildings, crops and trees before lifting 1 mile southeast of Riverton.
43.51976-06-13241°25'N / 95°08'W41°30'N / 95°00'W8.50 Miles100 Yards0025K0Cass
43.61968-04-16240°40'N / 95°30'W0.50 Mile33 Yards003K0Fremont
43.91975-05-07241°49'N / 95°30'W0025K0Crawford
44.01964-06-22440°42'N / 95°27'W40°46'N / 95°14'W11.90 Miles400 Yards00250K0Fremont
44.01965-05-25241°24'N / 95°02'W0025K0Cass
44.22008-06-11341°51'N / 96°01'W41°54'N / 95°52'W7.00 Miles440 Yards4480K0KMonona
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado tragically hit a boyscout camp north of Little Sioux Iowa killing 4 young scouts. The tornado initially touched down in Burt county Nebraska, crossed into Harrison county Iowa near mile marker 97 on Interstate 29, and then finally crossed into Monona county Iowa about 4 miles north of Little Sioux. In Monona county the tornado entered the Little Sioux Scout Ranch, destroying the rangers home near the entrance of the park giving it a rating of EF3. The storm then blew down trees and destroyed bunk houses at the camp. Four scouts were killed in one bunk house when a brick chimney collapsed on them. In total 48 people were injured at the camp. The tornado continued to topple trees as it tracked into Preparation Canyon State Park. Just before it entered the park a farmstead sustained damage. The tornado hit another farmstead about 2.5 miles southwest of Moorhead where trees were blown down and sheds damaged. The tornado then began to weaken and finally lifted about 2 miles southwest of Moorhead. The total path length was around 14 miles. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A very strong and unseasonably cold upper level low pressure system that was tracking across the northern plains brought a strong low level jet to the region during the early morning hours of June 11th. The warm and unstable air that worked north into the region helped spawn early morning severe thunderstorms across eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Later that day as the upper level system worked into the central Dakotas, a cold front pushed across the region. This helped set off another round of thunderstorms that developed over east central Nebraska by late afternoon. Isolated small supercell thunderstorms initially developed ahead of the cold front over eastern Nebraska, but they were quickly overtaken by a broken line of larger supercell thunderstorms, some of the heavy precipitation type, that developed along the cold front. Cell mergers and training were observed well into the evening hours as the activity quickly spread across southwest Iowa. The storms produced a total of 8 confirmed tornadoes in the Omaha/Valley warning area which covers eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa.
44.31964-06-19340°43'N / 95°21'W40°50'N / 95°11'W11.50 Miles350 Yards022.5M0Page
44.51966-05-22241°07'N / 96°48'W41°10'N / 96°36'W10.60 Miles33 Yards010K0Saunders
44.61964-08-27241°26'N / 95°02'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0025K0Cass
44.81965-07-01340°43'N / 96°25'W40°39'N / 96°11'W12.80 Miles33 Yards01250K0Otoe
45.31991-04-26340°36'N / 96°24'W40°47'N / 96°16'W14.00 Miles350 Yards022.5M0Otoe
45.91974-05-13341°08'N / 95°04'W41°13'N / 94°53'W10.90 Miles20 Yards00250K0Montgomery
46.51964-04-20341°24'N / 95°03'W41°24'N / 94°55'W6.10 Miles350 Yards0125K0Cass
46.91959-05-10240°56'N / 95°03'W1.00 Mile200 Yards003K0Montgomery
47.02007-05-06241°10'N / 94°58'W41°15'N / 94°56'W7.00 Miles830 Yards001.0M0KCass
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Tornado touched down on the southern Cass County line and moved northeast. The last 2 miles of the track showed an intermittent nature. Average path width was 100 to 200 yards wide with a maximum width of about one half mile. Estimated wind speed was 120 to 130 MPH. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A very strong upper level low pressure trough had carved out over the western U.S. Iowa was in the strong southwest flow on the front side of this system. A surface warm front lifted north into southwest Iowa during the evening of the 5th. The airmass became quite unstable with plenty of deep moisture advection into the areas. Precipitable water values were in the 1.5 to 1.75 inch range by midnight. The lifted index fell to the -6 to -8 C. There was a reasonable amount of CAPE available with about 2500 J/kg at the onset of the event. The LCL was around 1000 meters and the freezing level was a relatively high 13,500 feet. With the warm front in the vicinity, there was a considerable amount of helicity present with values in the 300 to 550 range. During the evening of the 5th, most of the significant convection remained to the west of the DMX CWA. After midnight, the low level jet increased to 50 to 70 kts and began to veer. This helped push the convection east during the overnight hours. Strong cells developed in southwest Iowa near the warm frontal boundary. Two tornadoes occurred with this initial set of convection. An EF2 tornado touched down in Cass County. The tornado first developed right on the southern Cass County line, from highway 71 to three quarters of a mile west. Four farmsteads were damaged along county road G66 within the mile west of highway 71, producing damage up to EF1. The tornado narrowed slightly and intensified in the next mile, downing two sets of metal electrical transmission poles. The most severe damage occurred at a farm service and grain elevator business on highway 71. This was 2 miles into Cass County or 3 miles south of the town of Lyman. EF2 damage occurred at this site with winds estimated at 120-130 mph. The average path width was 100 to 200 yards, with a maximum width of about one half mile. Empty semi trailers were flipped, two tall grain bins were flattened. A large metal clad truck service building was flattened on the south end and much of the roof was off the north end. The west part of the roof of an office building was torn off and the wall collapsed. The house at the north end of the site had windows blown out and part of the roof damaged. The tornado continued north along and just east of highway 71 for another two miles causing some damage to homes with some outbuildings unroofed or destroyed. The last apparent damage along the tornado path occurred two miles northeast of Lyman where power poles were snapped. Several areas between Cumberland and Anita were also surveyed. Damage along this path was consistent with straight line winds of 70 to 90 mph. Damage included downed trees and sheet metal torn off sheds and outbuildings. A storage building in Anita was significantly damaged. A total of 115 to 120 homes were damaged in Cass County by the storm. As the night progressed, a bow echo advanced into the state from the southwest. There were several reports of high winds and hail with this line. One of the storm in the line produced a small EF0 tornado in Union County. Some damage occurred at several farmsteads along the path. This same cell produced very large hail with hail up to baseball size reported in the Afton area. The hail was wind driven, damaging skylights, windows, and cars. Hail stones were driven through car windshields and also through windows in houses. Some damage even occurred inside of two homes as the hail stones continued inside of the house. This was the most significant hail from the storms. The hail reportedly piled up several inches deep and lasted for at least 4 hours after the storm. In the survey conducted by the Emergency Manager it was found that in Afton, 236 primary buildings and 174 out buildings and garages had moderate hail damage consisting of roof damage...primarily to the slopes facing south and west. All roof vents and eves, either aluminum or plastic, were damaged. Almost 100 percent of the buildings with south-facing windows had damage to screens, broken glass storm windows, interior single and double pane windows, and in cases of plastic framed windows even the sashes and stools were damaged. All siding was damaged on those sides no matter of the material. In the rural areas around Afton, 30 of the 38 residences received moderate damage. In Arispe, 5 miles south of Afton, hail damage occurred, but was not as severe with 40 residences reporting minor damage and 30 out buildings being damaged. All together, 346 vehicles were hail damaged and many had Windows broken completely out. Twenty three campers suffered vent and sky lite damages as well as exterior damages. Hardly any of the skylights withstood the hail, either in campers or houses. Though many of the storms produced hail, much of it was under one half inch in diameter. Another brief tornado touched town in Guthrie County south of Bayard. The tornado caused EF1 damage. A roof was blown off of a building there, and blown westward. Wind was the primary threat with the storms. There were several reports of trees downed by the high winds, barns, and outbuildings being blown over or destroyed. A semi-tractortrailer was blown off of Interstate 80 west of Adair. The event turned into a significant event both in areal coverage, as well as for its variety of weather features. Flooding became a significant problem later in the event with several reports of 3 to 5 inch rainfall received. Flash flooding occurred over parts of southwest into west central Iowa. Cass, Audubon, and Carroll Counties were the hardest hit. Areal flood warnings were issued for these counties. Widespread flooding too place, with Cass County hard hit. The Governor of Iowa, Chet Culver, declared a state disaster for several counties across southwest and south central Iowa due to the flash flooding. This included Decatur County in the Des Moines CWA. Toward dawn, high winds became a problem over parts of northwest Iowa. The winds affected a 6 county area with wind gusts in the 50 to 65 MPH range for several hours.
47.41975-05-07241°39'N / 95°13'W41°48'N / 95°12'W9.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Shelby
47.71955-05-06241°39'N / 95°19'W41°48'N / 95°05'W15.50 Miles200 Yards0025K0Shelby
48.01964-04-12240°54'N / 95°03'W2.00 Miles150 Yards0025K0Montgomery
48.11991-05-28241°56'N / 95°57'W41°56'N / 95°53'W5.00 Miles60 Yards00250K0Monona
48.31984-06-12240°54'N / 96°50'W40°54'N / 96°30'W20.00 Miles150 Yards002.5M0Lancaster
48.41967-06-09240°35'N / 96°23'W40°39'N / 96°11'W11.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Otoe
49.01957-05-09240°32'N / 96°18'W40°39'N / 96°11'W9.90 Miles120 Yards0025K0Otoe
49.21964-04-12440°40'N / 95°14'W40°50'N / 95°06'W13.10 Miles400 Yards1282.5M0Page
49.41965-07-08240°32'N / 95°42'W003K0Fremont
49.71950-07-15441°48'N / 96°36'W41°44'N / 96°25'W10.00 Miles440 Yards0332.5M0Burt


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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