Severe thunderstorms tracked through central Iowa Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. One of those storms produced a tornado just before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Adair and Guthrie County Emergency Management reported the tornado just after 1:30 a.m. in Adair.
The National Weather Service confirmed one person is dead, and one other person injured. This is the first death from a tornado in Iowa since April 27, 2014
Later today, the National Weather Service in Des Moines will be surveying the damage in Adair to confirm if the damage was indeed caused by a tornado.
Reviewing Doppler Radar velocity data (looking at the wind motion inside the storm), you can see there were weak areas of rotation. These appeared an disappeared a few times between radar scans. You can see there was rotation just south of Adair, and then right over town.
May is generally the second highest month of tornadoes in Iowa. Here are the number of tornadoes by month from 1980-2018.
ADAIR, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say one person has been killed and another injured by what may have been a tornado that damaged a farmstead in southwest Iowa’s Adair County.
The Adair County Sheriff’s Office says first responders found the body of 74-year-old Linda Brownlee early Wednesday morning at the farm just east-southeast of Adair. Seventy-eight-year-old Harold Brownlee was flown to a Des Moines hospital.
Robert Kempf is emergency management coordinator for Adair and Guthrie counties, and he says the Brownlee home sits atop a hill, so the extensive damage could have been caused by straight-line winds. The National Weather Service is sending an assessment team to determine whether a tornado was involved.
Kempf says three outbuildings were destroyed at the farm, and two nearby houses were damaged as well.
The weather service says debris from the farmstead landed on nearby Interstate 80.
The National Weather Service in Des Moines has confirmed damage in Adair was caused by a tornado.
ADAIR TORNADO... RATING: EF-2 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 120-130 MPH PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 4.8 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 150 YARDS FATALITIES: 1 INJURIES: 1 START DATE: MAY 22ND, 2019 START TIME: 129 AM CDT START LOCATION: 3.2 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST ADAIR START LAT/LON: 41.45571/-94.62489 END DATE: MAY 22ND, 2019 END TIME: 137 AM CDT END LOCATION: 2.2 MILES NORTHEAST ADAIR END LAT/LON: 41.52401/-94.61519
UPDATE: A second tornado has been confirmed by the National Weather Service from storms early this morning. An EF-1 tornado was just southeast of Anita at 1:04 AM Wednesday.
ANITA TORNADO... RATING: EF-1 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 90-100 MPH PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 1.1 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 50 YARDS FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0 START DATE: MAY 22ND, 2019 START TIME: 104 AM CDT START LOCATION: 2.6 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST ANITA START LAT/LON: 41.40873/-94.75239 END DATE: MAY 22ND, 2019 END TIME: 106 AM CDT END LOCATION: 1.6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ANITA END LAT/LON: 41.42434/-94.74970