Learfield News & Ag, LLC, ‘Project Liberty’ cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg closed, Wind turbines under inspection by MidAmerican after second blade loss, Eight Iowa cities in White House Coronavirus Task Force ‘red zone’, Trump to award Medal of Freedom to Gable in Oval Office ceremony, Iowa State to visit Mississippi State in SEC/Big 12 Challenge, Iowa player will kneel during National Anthem Saturday, NCAA basketball tourney coming to Des Moines for third time, Radio Iowa High School Football Poll 10/12/20. I made the following changes: When you have finished reviewing my changes, you may follow the instructions on the template below to fix any issues with the URLs. This article was originally published on IowaWatch. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone. Homes were ripped apart, and cars and trucks were tossed on interstates and rural roads. And in fact, since the Weather Service began organized record-keeping in 1950, the deadliest year was 1953, with 519 deaths. There's no way to know if 2008 will keep up its deadly pace and set new tornado records. (CNN) -- Parkersburg, Iowa, is mourning its dead and cleaning up the colossal mess left by a powerful tornado that tore through the town on Sunday night. In 2005, there were 38; in 2006, 67; and last year, 81. But experts caution against reading too much into those statistics. Significant structural damage occurred in the town of Parkersburg including 100 to 200 homes destroyed. This year's death toll is already the highest since 1998, with seven months left in the year. The average for recent years is 62 tornado fatalities for an entire year. The tornado killed seven people in Parkersburg and two others in Hartford, leaving at least 70 injured. Please take a moment to review my edit. Annual death tolls in the triple digits were more common in the 1950s and earlier, but that doesn't necessarily mean there were more, or stronger, tornadoes than there are now. "There's so much hurt here, I don't really know where to start," said Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley after surveying the damage in Parkersburg on Monday. Carbin says by late June, tornado activity will start to slow down, although violent tornadoes are still possible at any time of year. As of February 2018, "External links modified" talk page sections are no longer generated or monitored by InternetArchiveBot. The tornado was nearly 3/4s of a mile wide as it moved through the southern end of Parkersburg at 4:59 pm CDT. The Earth has been in a La Nina period since last summer. January had 84 tornadoes; the three-year average for the month is 34. On June 24, 2009, Thomas was shot and killed in his Parkersburg, Iowa football team's weight room by Mark Becker, one of Thomas' former players. See a list of the ten deadliest tornadoes ever ». See a list of the ten deadliest tornadoes ever », See how deaths, tornado numbers stack up since 1950 », Death toll from tornadoes in 2008 is already 110; average is 62 for a whole year, 2008 fatalities already highest in a decade, with the year less than half over, Numbers of tornadoes also above average in early months of this year, Deadliest year since organized records began is 1953, with 519 deaths. I updated the death toll to include a resident who died on May 26, 2008 of injuries sustained in the tornado. One major reason for this year's high death toll is a single night in February, when strong tornadoes tore through Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi, killing 56 people. "It does look like it's going to be a pretty remarkable year," said Greg Carbin, a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service. All About Tornadoes • National Weather Service, Midwest tornadoes kill 7, including toddler.
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