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April 28, 2014

NWS investigates tornado possibility

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National Weather Service meteorologists were conducting a storm survey over southeast Iowa Monday after what they called "severe thunderstorms" produced damage Sunday afternoon.

The NWS survey team blamed straight-line winds for damage to a medical building in Oskaloosa, where 70-80 mph gusts tore a deck off. The preliminary survey also indicated that the building was not built to avoid wind damage, and that allowed the wind to peel the roof off.

The Lovilia area had reported a tornado. However, the damage survey team looks for evidence of tornadoes, like metal twisted around a tree. Instead, they found evidence of straight-line winds.

Yet those powerful winds were enough to damage mobile homes and tear down a Lovilia outbuilding.

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