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Iowa assesses damage

At least one person is dead after two central Iowa towns - Stratford and Woodward - were struck by tornadoes Saturday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | November 13, 2005

At least one person is dead after two central Iowa towns - Stratford and Woodward - were struck by tornadoes Saturday.

By Sunday morning, local officials were estimating that dozens of homes were damaged, though they had no firm numbers yet.

The heart of Stratford - home to about 750 people - was hit hard. Stratford was evacuated because of a gas leak but some churches and schools on the outskirts of town were able to open as shelters. In Woodward, 30 miles south of Stratford, 20 to 40 homes were severely damaged, according to sheriff's reports. Woodward - located some 25 miles northwest of Des Moines - has a population of about 1,200 people.

Surrounding farmland was damaged as well, according to emergency management reports. National Weather Service teams were assessing damages Sunday morning to determine the number and strength of tornadoes.

Tornadoes are comparatively rare in November.


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