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Weather service raises Iowa tornado total, rates 3

A local resident runs past a tornado-damaged building on Main Street, Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Marshalltown, Iowa. Several buildings were damaged by a tornado in the main business district in town including the historic courthouse. (AP Photo/Charlie Ne

The National Weather Service has raised its count of tornadoes in the flurry that struck central Iowa.

Posted: Jul 23, 2018 10:06 AM

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — The National Weather Service has raised its count of tornadoes in the flurry that struck central Iowa.

The service says a dozen or more occurred Thursday, with three accounting for 17 injuries and significant damage in Bondurant, Marshalltown and Pella. The service reported Friday morning that the total was five — a figure that was expected to climb as more information poured in.

No deaths have been reported.

The service also has rated the twisters that struck Bondurant, Marshalltown and Pella.

The Bondurant tornado was rated an EF2 with estimated peak winds of 115 mph (185 kph). The twisters that struck Marshalltown and Pella were rated EF3 with peak winds estimated at 144 mph (232 kph).

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