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Two Killed in Iowa Twisters

May 17, 1999

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) _ Two people died in tornadoes that injured at least 14 in western Iowa and caused damage in at least four counties.

Many of the injured Sunday were taken to Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley. Names of the two people who died were not been released pending notification of relatives, said Jim Seymour, a hospital administrator.

``We’re trying to piece all this together,″ said Harrison County Sheriff Terry Baxter. ``We’re looking at possibly three tornadoes between Logan and Beebeetown.″

The tornadoes, which developed about 4 p.m., destroyed six homes, damaged several others and destroyed a bridge on a rural gravel road, the Harrison County sheriff’s office said.

The Iowa Welcome Center near Missouri Valley had parts of the roof blown off, Baxter said. U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 127 were closed due to extensive damage reported in the area, including downed trees and power lines.

In Pottawattamie County, authorities reported two tornadoes touching down near State Highway 92, one of them reportedly more than a mile wide.

``I saw it tear through some houses and a couple of barns went up and then the tornado maxed out,″ said Matt Ver Steeg, a storm spotter for Des Moines station KCCI-TV.

Pottawattamie authorities said there were no immediate reports of injuries.

A tornado destroyed at least one farmhouse in Crawford County, but no injuries were reported, a Crawford County sheriff’s dispatcher said.

Also Sunday, thunderstorms in eastern Iowa dumped more than 3 inches of rain by late evening.

Heavy rainfall caused flooding in several counties, including Hardin County in central Iowa and Black Hawk, Buchanan, Delaware and Dubuque counties in northeastern Iowa, the National Weather Service said.

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