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Killer twisters batter Iowa

BY GEORGE PIPER | LOGAN, Iowa | May 17, 1999

LOGAN, Iowa (May 17, 1999) - Killer tornadoes cut a swath through the

southwestern portion of this state Sunday.Two people died and 17 were

injured in Harrison County near here.

Six homes were totally destroyed and several others damaged in

what Sheriff Terry Baxter called the worst twisters to hit in his 22 years

in law enforcement.

Two of the tornadoes cut damage paths at least five miles long, and left

six farms homes totally destroyed, Baxter said. The destruction occurred

mostly across rural properties, and it left little standing in its wake.

"There is nothing left. No outbuildings. Nothing," he said.

The American Red Cross and the Iowa Emergency Management Agency is

conducting assessments, and Baxter said local groups have donated food and

lodging to survivors. The fatal twisters produced the first tornado-related

deaths in Iowa since 1986.

Up to 36 tornadoes -- 21 in Iowa -- were reported on Sunday, according to the

National Storm Prediction Center. Twisters also hit in Colorado, Illinois,

Kansas, Nebraska and Texas, although no significant damage was reported.

Updated May 19, 1999

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