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National Weather Service releases damage survey for Pella tornado

A tornado is seen near Pella, Marion County, Iowa, U.S. July 19, 2018 in this still image obtained from a video on social media. BRANDYN VAN ZANTE/Twitter/via REUTERS
A tornado is seen near Pella, Marion County, Iowa, U.S. July 19, 2018 in this still image obtained from a video on social media. BRANDYN VAN ZANTE/Twitter/via REUTERS

According to an initial damage survey from the National Weather Service in Des Moines, Pella was struck by an EF-3 tornado on Thursday July 19, 2018.

The release states there were several tornadoes across central Iowa, and the total damage will not be estimated for several days.

For the tornado that struck Pella, it was rated as an EF-3. The estimated peak wind was 144 miles per hour.

The current path length remains unknown, but the estimated maximum width for the path of the tornado was 400 yards.

At this time, zero fatalities have been reported, but at least six were injured due to this weather event.

The release also details the starting time as 4:06 p.m. with an unknown end time.

More information will be released for this and the other tornadoes as additional surveying continues.

The tornado in Bondurant has been rated by the National Weather Service as an EF-2. This tornado had wind speeds peaking at 110 mph, and had an estimated width of 40 yards.

Tornadoes are rated on an EF scale from 0 to 5.

EF0 are considered weak with wind speeds of 65 — 85 mph.

EF1 are considered weak with wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph.

EF2 are considered strong with wind speeds of 111 to 135 mph.

EF3 are considered strong with wind speeds of 136 to 165 mph.

EF4 are considered violent with wind speeds of 155 to 200 mph.

EF5 are considered violent with wind speeds of 200+ MPH.

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