“Basically we found a tornado that had an eleven-mile track. The tornado was mostly EF0 which on the scale from 0 to 5 is the lowest scale tornado,” Dan Baumgardt, a meteorologist for NWS said.
Baumgardt said that means the tornado was mostly traveling at speeds around 65 to 80 miles per hour.
“Eleven miles is a pretty good stretch that the tornado was traveling on and it just gives you a better idea of how likely the tornado was to hurt someone or damaged buildings,” Baumgardt said.
He said the surveyors came out to look at the damage and determine where exactly and how fast the tornado was traveling.
“So you’re just trying to build a picture and create a story to determine a wind speed that was associated with that tornado,” Baumgardt said.
He said it’s like being a forensic meteorologist.
Baumgardt said while the tornado did not do much damage, the area should not let its guard down.
“We had a violent tornado in 1968 in Charles City, Iowa, so these tornadoes are out there and they do occur, so you need to stay weather vigilant when you hear the threat for tornadoes is out there,” Baumgardt said.
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office said there were no injuries reported from the storm and the worst damage was at a hog farm where the roof came off a building.
The Floyd County Fair said festivities weren’t affected by the tornadoes. It did rain and everyone sought shelter until the storm passed. There was no damage and the fair will reopen as usual on Tuesday.