UPDATE: NWS confirms Adair, IA tornado as EF-2

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ADAIR, Iowa (WHO-TV) – The National Weather Service has confirmed a deadly EF-2 tornado touched down in Adair, Iowa, early Wednesday morning.

According to officials, the tornado was reported in Adair County around 1:30 a.m. Officials say the tornado brought wind speeds of 120 to 130 miles per hour.

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office says first responders found the body of 74-year-old Linda Brownlee at the farm just east-southeast of Adair.

Her death would mark the first Iowa tornado death since 2014.

Seventy-eight-year-old Harold Brownlee was found badly injured and flown to a Des Moines hospital.


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ADAIR, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say one person has been killed and another injured by what may have been a tornado that damaged a farmstead in southwest Iowa’s Adair County.

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office says first responders found the body of 74-year-old Linda Brownlee early Wednesday morning at the farm just east-southeast of Adair. Seventy-eight-year-old Harold Brownlee was flown to a Des Moines hospital.

Robert Kempf is emergency management coordinator for Adair and Guthrie counties, and he says the Brownlee home sits atop a hill, so the extensive damage could have been caused by straight-line winds.

The National Weather Service is sending an assessment team to determine whether a tornado was involved.

Kempf says three outbuildings were destroyed at the farm, and two nearby houses were damaged as well.

The weather service says debris from the farmstead landed on nearby Interstate 80.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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