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Iowa twisters kill two, injure 14

Tornado damage
Tornado damage in Logan, Iowa  

May 17, 1999
Web posted at: 12:03 a.m. EDT (0403 GMT)

LOGAN, Iowa (CNN) -- Tornadoes killed two people and injured 14 as they swept through western Iowa on Sunday, authorities said.

A tornado which developed in Harrison County near Logan about 4 p.m. Sunday destroyed six homes, damaged several others and destroyed a bridge on a rural gravel road, authorities said. Logan is about 20 miles northeast of Omaha, Nebraska.

Names of those who died have not been released because their relatives have not been notified, said Jim Seymour, a hospital administrator. All of the injured are from Harrison County, Seymour said.

U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 127 were closed due to extensive damage reported in the area, including downed trees and power lines.

In Pottawattamie County, authorities reported two tornadoes touching down about 5 p.m. northwest of Treynor near State Highway 92. Pottawattamie authorities said there were no immediate reports of injuries. Witnesses said one of the Pottawattamie County twisters was more than a mile wide.

"I saw it tear through some houses and a couple of barns went up and then the tornado maxed out," said Matt Ver Steeg, a storm spotter for Des Moines station KCCI-TV.

At least ten west-central and central Iowa counties were under tornado warnings Sunday afternoon and evening as a cell of thunderstorms worked its way across the state.



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