No deaths, serious injuries reported after EF2 tornado hits Thurman, Iowa

Apr 16, 2012

Cleanup is underway in southwest Iowa after a tornado left a half-mile-wide damage path in Thurman.

The National Weather Service in Omaha says the tornado touched down two miles north of Percival, Iowa, and continued in to Thurman just after 5:30 PM Saturday.  The tornado left a ten-mile long path of damage before lifting just south of Tabor. 

Tina Labellarte, CEO of the American Red Cross Nebraska/Southwest Iowa chapter, says the damage in Thurman is extensive, and includes a church used as a community shelter. The American Red Cross opened a shelter for Thurman storm victims at Fremont-Mills High School in Tabor.

No one was killed or seriously injured when the tornado struck Thurman. Four truck drivers were taken to a hospital after their semis blew over on I-29 during the storm.

The storm system brought more than three inches of rain to the Omaha metro, and hail larger than three-inches in diameter in some locations.