Town of Lenox Reports “Significant Damage”
Buildings leveled, roofs blown off and the debris covered the small town.
At least 35 blocks in the small Iowan town of Lenox (pop: 1,407) in Taylor County received some damage, reports say.
Lenox, IA. EF1 tornado caused damage to homes. Source: NWS/Des Moines
The first tornado was an EF0 with a peak wind of about 80MPH (width of 0.3mile; path of 0.6mile) , and the second one an EF1, with more fierce winds of 105MPH (width of 0.3mile; path of 1.2mile) . There were NO fatalities or serious injuries reported, NWS said.
Taylor County was declared a disaster are after the two tornadoes struck, increasing the state’s 2011 tornado tally to 30.
Severe whether continued in Iowa Thursday night, with 3-in diameter hail attacking western Iowa counties of Monona and Woodbury, a report said.
Image above shows the severe thunderstorm that spawned the EF0 tornado near Sharpsburg in northeastern Taylor County, Iowa at 4:22 pm on May 11. “Note the hook right over Sharpsburg.” Source NWS. Click images to enlarge.
The Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale – Quick Chart
EF0: 65 TO 85 MPH
EF1: 86 TO 110 MPH
EF2: 111 TO 135 MPH
EF3: 136 TO 165 MPH
EF4: 166 TO 200 MPH
EF5: Wind speeds greater than 200 MPH
The damage contour map and details of the Lenox tornadoes are posted HERE.
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