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One Year Ago Today: 4 Labor Day Tornadoes

In the afternoon and evening hours of Labor Day 2018, 4 tornadoes touched down in Linn and Benton Counties.

One tornado touched down on the west side of Cedar Rapids and was rated an EF-1 with peak winds of 100 mph. The tornado destroyed a garage, uprooted and snapped large trees and power poles, and caused minor damage to roofs.

Another tornado touched down two miles northwest of Alburnett, this one also an EF-1 with peak winds of 110 mph. Luckily damage was kept mostly to trees, crops, and some siding on one house.

Two more very brief EF-0 tornadoes touched down near Vinton.

In addition to these 4 tornadoes, heavy rain also battered eastern Iowa with over 2.5 inches of rain observed in spots which prompted flash flood warnings.

Below is a gallery of the tornado damage courtesy of the NWS in the Quad Cities.

Brandon Libby

Meteorologist

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