Updated at 4:00 pm, Friday, May 4, 2012:
Teams from the National Weather Service were in southeast Iowa today touring storm damage from last night’s severe weather. Officials joined Emergency Management Coordinator Walt Jackson from Henry County as well as Washington and Keokuk County Larry Smith as they started in the Wayland area to track the storm’s path as it moved northeast toward the Noble and Crawfordsville area. The damage inspection process took place over three hours and the storm has deemed as a high EF2.
The specific storm information from the National Weather Service is:
* LOCATION…APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE SOUTH OF WAYLAND IN HENRY COUNTY IOWA…TO 2.25 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF CRAWFORDSVILLE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY IOWA.
* TIME…APPROXIMATELY 830 PM CDT TO 900 PM CDT.
* EF-SCALE RATING…HIGH END EF2.
* ESTIMATED WIND SPEED…130 MPH.
* MAX WIDTH…1/4 MILE.
* PATH LENGTH…APPROXIMATELY 4.3 MILES.
* DAMAGE INFORMATION…THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS NOTED NEAR THE END OF THE TORNADO PATH. TWO HOMES LOST ROOFS. AT ONE OF THE RESIDENCES A CAR WAS TUMBLED. SEVERAL FARMS LOST OUTBUILDINGS. 2 TURKEY FARMS WERE DESTROYED. A MAIN TRANSMISSION POWER POLE WAS ALSO SNAPPED.
ENHANCED FUJITA /EF/ SCALE INFORMATION…
PLEASE NOTE THE NUMBERS BELOW ARE APPROXIMATE WIND SPEEDS FOR DAMAGE
EF0… 65 - 85 MPH
EF1… 86 – 110 MPH
EF2… 111 – 135 MPH
EF3… 136 – 165 MPH
EF4… 166 – 200 MPH
EF5… 201 MPH OR GREATER