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A tornado causes severe destruction in an Iowa town, resulting in multiple fatalities amid powerful storms sweeping across the Midwest

The remains of a tornado-damaged wind turbine (Via Charlie Cummins/Shutterstock)

Multiple individuals lost their lives on Tuesday, and at least twelve others were injured as a powerful tornado swept through a small town in Iowa. The tornado left behind a scene of devastation in Greenfield, a community of approximately 2,000 people located about 55 miles southwest of Des Moines. Homes and businesses were destroyed, trees were torn apart, cars were smashed, and debris was scattered widely across the area.

Speaking at a press conference Tuesday night, Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Alex Dinkla confirmed the fatalities and noted the extensive damage in Greenfield. He mentioned that there were injuries, including at the town’s small hospital, which had to transfer patients to nearby medical facilities.

Authorities established a triage center at Greenfield High School to provide medical assistance, as the storm rendered parts of the town unrecognizable. Residents were allowed to enter until Wednesday morning, while media personnel were instructed to leave the city by Tuesday night.

Workers search through the remains (Via Charlie Cummins/Shutterstock)

In the aftermath, scenes of destruction were evident throughout Greenfield. Piles of debris where houses once stood, damaged cars, and bare trees highlighted the severity of the tornado’s impact. Despite the devastation, residents came together to salvage belongings and support each other.

One resident, Rogue Paxton, recounted sheltering in his basement during the storm and expressed gratitude that his family was safe, although his brother’s house was severely damaged. He emphasized the community’s resilience and mutual support amid the difficult circumstances.

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