The National Weather Service in Des Moines traveled to Ringgold County Wednesday to look over some damage from a suspected tornado. Their survey confirmed an EF-2 tornado touched down north of Mount Ayr in a rural part of the county.
Taking a look at the survey map to the left, you can see where the tornado touched down at approximately 5:08pm on Tuesday evening. The tornado actually lifted for most of its life before reaching the ground a second time. Based on the damage to some structures, forecasters estimate the tornado had winds up to 130mph.
This was a relatively short lived tornado, with a path of approximately 1.5 miles. At its peak, the tornado reached a width of 250 yards wide.
This was the only confirmed tornado that caused damage worth surveying. Forecasters also examined damage in Warren County and determined it was caused by straight line winds. Meteorologists estimated those winds topped 80mph. Fortunately, for all the powerful storms that tracked across the state, there was little in the way of damage. Always good news.