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Deadly Tornado Rated EF 5 by NWS

DES MOINES - NWS personnel have rated the Parkersburg-New Hartford-Dunkerton tornado as a Low-end EF 5 (correlated to wind speeds up to 205 MPH) on the Enhanced Fujita Scale at the locations of maximum... Read More »

Seven Dead in Major Tornado Outbreak

PARKERSBURG -- Officials say at least four people were killed when a devastating tornado hit the town of Parkersburg. Two others were killed in the nearby town of New Hartford. Read More »

Deadly Tornado Traveled 43 Miles

KCRG - A large tornado responsible for the deaths of 6 people in Butler County traveled more than 43 miles before dissipating. A preliminary survey by the National Weather Service in Des Moines says winds... Read More »

Former Hawkeye Aaron Kampman's Grandfather Injured in Tornado

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The grandfather of former Hawkeye and current Packers' defensive end Aaron Kampman is reportedly among those injured in the tornado that swept through Parkersburg, Iowa. The Los... Read More »

Storm Victim Talks to President Bush on Governor Chet Culver's Cell Phone

(PARKERSBURG) - Governor Chet Culver is asking President Bush for fast action from the federal government. On Monday, he also asked President Bush to talk directly to a storm survivor. Sharon Shipper... Read More »

Storm Chasers Capture Video of New Hartford Tornado

NEW HARTFORD - Nick Weig along with fellow storm chaser Barry Hansen were near the Butler/Grundy County line Sunday as a powerful tornado struck New Hartford. The storm killed 2 in New Hartford, after... Read More »

Rural Dunkerton Residents Picking up Pieces Too

DUNKERTON - The tornado that caused death and destruction in Parkersburg also slammed into the community of Dunkerton Sunday afternoon. Dunkerton is located about 15 miles northeast of Waterloo. The... Read More »

Parkersburg Wants Volunteers for Playground Help

PARKERSBURG (AP) - Officials in Parkersburg are seeking volunteers to help new install playground equipment. Nearly all of Parkersburg's school and city playground equipment was damaged or destroyed... Read More »

Parkersburg Raises Money for Playground Equipment

(PARKERSBURG) – Parkersburg officials are seeking volunteers to help bring outdoor playtime back into the lives of the town’s children. Nearly all of the community’s school and city playground equipment... Read More »

Some Parkersburg Families Back in Homes for Holidays

PARKERSBURG- Parkersburg is still a town under construction following the deadly tornado there last May. But more and more residents who lost homes to the storm are moving back in time to celebrate the... Read More »

Five Months Later, Tornado Debris a Headache

DUNKERTON - This past spring's EF-5 tornado is now causing even more problems for eastern Iowa farmers. The tornado struck Parkersburg, New Hartford and Dunkterton. As the farmers outside of those... Read More »


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