Massive Tornadoes Reported in Western Iowa

A large tornado near Wayne, Nebraska, just southwest of Sioux City, Iowa, on Friday, October 4, 2013. (via Twitter from Simon Brewer)

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By Aaron Hepker

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Homeland Security says a tornado touched down near the town of Cherokee, but officials haven't yet reported whether it caused major damage.

Officials said the mile-wide tornado touched traveled about 1 mile south of Cherokee. It cut a 2- to 3-mile path through farmland but didn't hit any population centers.

About 2,700 homes and business in the Sioux City area were without power Friday night. More than 500 of them were around Sloan, near where the mile-wide tornado touched down.

The National Weather Service says homes were damaged near the northwest Iowa towns of Pierson and Quimby.

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