CLARKSVILLE, Iowa — After surveying the damage, the National Weather Service has determined two EF-1 tornadoes formed out of Monday night’s storm near Clarksville.
Both of them impacted areas outside of town, with one touching down just west of the city and the other causing damage to the east. The NWS reported that both were only on the ground for minutes, but the tornadoes left behind a path of damage.
Thunderstorm winds also left debris inside city limits in the form of downed power lines and damaged trees.
Winds from the storm were between 90 and 110 miles an hour.
“It’s the biggest storm I’ve seen in my 34 years,” said Clarksville Resident Ted Hoodjer.
Block after block, the scene is pretty much the same in the City of Clarksville. People are teaming up to get the cleanup work done.
“Well, we just start picking up the pieces and trying to put them back together,” Hoodjer said.
But just on the outskirts of town, people are struggling with even more severe damage from the tornadoes.
“What are you supposed to think? You know? We’ve been here, I think, eight or nine years and you work hard to do all this stuff and then it’s just gone, you know? But I guess it’s just one of those things you have to deal with,” said Tornado Victim Kenny Roose.
Roose said it only took about 30 seconds for the storm to destroy his brand new shop, his grain bins, the corncrib and a barn. It also took out trees and windows on his house.
“Basically everything is gone, except for the house,” Roose said.
On the east side of town, the Benning’s are also left with a mess.
“When the wind first come up I heard a thump, I thought it was the big hail stones. I thought, ‘boy we’re losing windows in the house’, it was evidently that log that hit it,” Benning said.
The wood pierced the back side of the house. In the front, the storm slammed into his machine shed.
Still, as Merlin stands on his family’s Century Farm, he’s staying positive.
“My dad always used to tell me if it stays out of the house, the rest of it can be replaced,” Benning said.
Many people echoed that sentiment saying they were thankful for what they still had and glad no one was hurt in Monday’s storm.