UPDATE: Prairieburg Tornado given EF-2 rating
The tornado that struck in Prairieburg has been confirmed by the National Weather Service as an EF-2 tornado. They say the wind was estimated to be 120 mph.
The National Weather Service has given a preliminary EF-2 rating for the tornado path including Central City and Prairieburg.
Their survey crew will be back out tomorrow to complete the survey and report more specific findings.
At least one woman suffered injuries in Prairieburg as a tornado passed through the area.
The woman was trapped when her house at 5073 Wagner Road collapsed. First responders took her to a hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
The Linn County Sheriff is asking for people to stay out of the Prairieburg area unless you must be there. The Sheriff's Office said there are live power lines down at the south edge of town, and travel is not advised in the area.
Another tornado touched down Wednesday evening near Central City. The Linn County Fair was underway when the tornado passed just to the north.
Fair goers were directed into four designated storm shelters, the women's and men's bathrooms, the calf barn and grandstand, and the conservation building.
No injuries have been reported.
The storm did not damage any buildings at the fairgrounds, but did damage some trees and tents on the property. According to fair officials, that will cause some events for the rest of the fair to move.
The Linn County Fair posted on Twitter that all activities will go on as planned.
Further east, the National Weather Service said two emergency responders in Dubuque County reported tornadoes from the storms. One responder spotted a tornado northwest of Cascade. The other reported a tornado north of Worthington.
Jones County authorities said another possible tornado was reported four miles west of Monticello. Barns and other outbuildings sustained damaged.
A possible tornado also was reported in Delaware County, four miles north of Monticello. That storm damaged two homes in the area.
And residents reported a tornado just south of Oxford Junction in Jones County. It took out power lines in that community.
High winds downed trees in Farmersburg and power lines in Hopkinton, and damaged structures in Monona.
The National Weather Service will conduct storm surveys starting Thursday and for several days after.
Stay with KCRG-TV9 and the First Alert Storm Team for the latest weather developments.
At least one tornado has touched down in the southwestern corner of Iowa.
Fremont County Emergency Management Director Mike Crecelius says the tornado hit a rural area east of Sidney on Wednesday afternoon. Crecelius says no injuries have been reported, and damages are likely limited to crops in the area.
Crecelius says he was in his office at the time of the tornado and "sat out here and watched it."
The tornado dropped as several tornado warnings were issued Wednesday for parts of southwest Iowa.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for most of Iowa, in effect until 10 p.m. The weather service says strong to severe thunderstorms are expected for the area, bringing large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain.
Check out KCRG-TV9's gallery of viewer submitted photos and videos of Wednesday night's severe weather.