Tornado Blows Through North Edge of Belmond

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

BELMOND, Iowa – Mother Nature didn't leave much behind after striking the North side of the Wright County city of Belmond.

The Sheriff's Department confirms that a tornado touched down at 4:15 p.m.

It left behind extensive damage. Power lines are down and debris is scattered along U.S. 69.

Two businesses, Howard Enterprises and Cattleman's Steak & Provisions, took on the full force of the storm. High winds didn't leave much behind.

The owner of Cattleman's said she and another employee left the restaurant as they saw the storm approach. They rushed into town to seek shelter because the restaurant is a tin building.

"[It] kind of looked at it and felt it kind of kept getting closer. So we locked the door and jumped in [the car] and went to town and I kind of think that it hit two minutes after that," said Cattleman's Owner Deb Abel.

After the storm, Abel had the chance to get a look around at the restaurant that she's owned with her husband for the past 32 years. She said it was heartbreaking, but she was glad no one was hurt.

Chief Deputy Jeremy Hogrefe said he feared the worst when he saw the funnel clouds. He was following the storm as it developed.

"It looked large, it was quite, to me, it was scary to see the debris and we weren't sure what it was hitting or if there was any injuries at the time," Chief Deputy Hogrefe said.

The sheriff's department said no injuries were reported from the storm. Many people, however, were left without power.
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