Anamosa Residents Picking Up After Likely Tornado Strike

By Josh Hinkle, Reporter


By Aaron Hepker

ANAMOSA - People southeast of Anamosa say a tornado ripped through their neighborhood, leaving behind shells of their homes. The severity of the winds that ripped through a neighborhood southeast of Anamosa even managed to topple a large tree.

Trees have garage doors completely wrapped around them. Sticks are stuck into other people's homes. One garage roof was actually transported across the street into someone else's yard.

People are surprised that no one was hurt in the storm. They’re not sure if it was a tornado, but some of them report hearing a whistling noise within a few minutes of going inside. When they went back outside, they were faced with the devastation.

Homeowner Tammy Coons told KCRG-TV9 News, “Pulled up to the garage and it's like, thought somebody left the garage door open, but the garage door was all sucked inside."

Marvin Rathje told KCRG-TV9 News, ”I had a Ranger parked right straight over towards here. It picked it up and moved it about 40 feet."

There were no injuries reported in the neighborhood. Firefighters say there were a couple of people trapped in a house down the street. There was also a gas leak, but that is secure at this time.

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