KCCI Editorial: Iowa Tornado Recovery

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This week, Iowa was hit by multiple tornadoes. The worst was an EF-4 tornado that started in Winterset and ended 70 miles away in Newton, killing six people. Another tornado killed a man in Lucas County. By the time the destruction ended on Saturday evening, two children under the age of 5 were dead along with five adults. Unfortunately, the two children and the two adults all belonged to the same family. Simply devastating. From the moment the weather turned harsh, our team of meteorologists knew it could get dangerous. As KCCI reported the tornadoes for nearly four hours, we could see the impact and the force of the winds. At some point, the tornado came within a few feet of our Storm Chaser. When the sun rose the next day, the path to devastation was evident. Shaved houses. Trees and power lines collapsed. But Sunday’s quiet sunrise revealed something else – Help.In by the hundreds. Iowan is streaming to communities like Runnells, Winterset, and other places to lend a hand. Chainsaws started chopping down trees. People showed up with food, warm clothes, trucks, strong backs. It’s a sight we’ve seen many times before. And it keeps reminding us of the goodness of Iowa. One of the most poignant displays of generosity came from the town of Marion. Marion played Winterset in the men’s basketball tournament. When the team showed up, they brought with them supplies for storm victims – from tarps and flashlights to bottled water, food and gift cards. Recovery can take time. But the balm of benevolence that we have witnessed has already had a remarkable impact.

This week, Iowa was hit by multiple tornadoes. The worst was an EF-4 tornado that started in Winterset and ended 70 miles away in Newton, killing six people.

Another tornado killed a man in Lucas County. By the time the destruction ended on Saturday evening, two children under the age of 5 were dead along with five adults. Unfortunately, the two children and the two adults all belonged to the same family. Simply devastating.

From the moment the weather turned harsh, our team of meteorologists knew it could get dangerous. As KCCI reported the tornadoes for nearly four hours, we could see the impact and the force of the winds. At some point, the tornado came within a few feet of our Storm Chaser.

When the sun rose the next day, the path to devastation was evident. Shaved houses. Trees and power lines collapsed.

But Sunday’s calm sunrise revealed something else: help.

By the hundreds. Iowan is streaming to communities like Runnells, Winterset, and other places to lend a hand. Chainsaws started chopping down trees. People showed up with food, warm clothes, trucks, strong backs. It’s a sight we’ve seen many times before. And it keeps reminding us of the goodness of Iowa. One of the most poignant displays of generosity came from the town of Marion. Marion played Winterset in the men’s basketball tournament. When the team showed up, they brought with them supplies for storm victims – from tarps and flashlights to bottled water, food and gift cards.

Recovery can take time. But the balm of benevolence that we have witnessed has already had a remarkable impact.


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