Twister Damages Farm Complex in Southern Iowa

June 3, 2010

A tornado has destroyed a barn and severely damaged a home near Mount Ayr in southern Iowa.

The tornado touched down about 7 miles north of the small town about 5:10 p.m. on June 1, damaging a farm complex.

No one was injured but Ringgold County Emergency Management Director Teresa Jackson says damage is estimated at more than $3 million.

Jackson says a large machine shed and a feedlot building were destroyed. She says the home was severely damaged. Several silos also were damaged.

Officials with the Ringgold County sheriff’s office say U.S. Highway 169 near the scene was being closed because of debris on the roadway.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines also was reporting baseball-sized hail near Clearfield in Taylor County.

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