Deadly Tornado Devastates Iowa Town

Central Iowa was reeling Wednesday morning after what police described as a “devastating” tornado laid waste to rural communities and killed an unknown number of people.

Iowa State Police confirmed a number of people had died in the town of Greenfield Tuesday, a community of about 2,000 people 40 miles southwest of Des Moines.

Sgt. Alex Dinkla said in a news conference that at least 12 people were treated in hospitals — although the town’s Adair County Memorial Hospital was also damaged, forcing first responders to take victims to facilities elsewhere.

The severe weather is expected to move away from the Midwest and toward the Southern Plains and Mississippi Valley on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said, with large hail, wind damage and tornadoes likely across Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

Aerial footage from Greenfield, Iowa, shot late Tuesday showed entire streets that were in the path of the tornado turned to wreckage, with piles of debris among broken trees and demolished cars.

A man in nearby Red Oak, Montgomery County, captured footage of an enormous funnel cloud moving through the area as sirens wailed and intense rain fell.

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