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Severe weather churns up tornadoes, unleashes powerful winds across central US

By Adriana Navarro, AccuWeather staff writer
June 18, 2019, 1:49:19 AM EDT


Another round of tornadoes struck the central United States from North Dakota and Oklahoma to Indiana during the weekend.

Saturday held 26 preliminary tornado reports from the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center, but there have been no reported injuries or fatalities as of Monday.

Severe storms produced three tornadoes, two of which were confirmed EF2 tornadoes in Des Moines County, Iowa, that downed trees, power lines, destroyed outbuildings and "severely damaged a house off its foundation," according to an NWS storm survey. The third tornado was a confirmed EF0 west of Mediapolis.

The two EF2 tornadoes struck Oakville, Iowa, where one reached peak wind speeds of 120 mph. It destroyed a farm building, threw farm equipment 40 yards and moved a pickup truck about 20 yards, according to the NWS storm survey.

The second EF2 tornado destroyed a big farm. The survey photos from both tornadoes show wooden beams torn asunder and scattered across a field, a windshield impaled by a wooden pole and farm equipment flipped on its side.

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A wooden beam impaled the windshield of this car in the EF2 tornado that struck Oakville, Iowa, Saturday evening.

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A tornado north of Sawyerville, Illinois, tore up trees and damaged at least one house according to the National Weather Service.

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In the severe weather that swept through the central U.S. over the weekend, an EF2 tornado tore through Oakville, Iowa, just before 8:30 p.m. CT on Saturday. The tornado damaged a home, a big farm building and a wooden high power transmission line according to the National Weather Service survey report.

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An EF2 tornado struck Oakville, Iowa, Saturday just before 8:30 p.m. CDT, tearing apart trees and tossing around equipment, chairs and anything else exposed to the storm.

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The scattered remains of a building lie in a field in Oakville, Iowa, after an EF2 tornado hit on Saturday evening, June 15, 2019.

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Debris lies scattered across a field in Oakland, Iowa, after an EF2 tornado struck the area Saturday evening, June 15, 2019.

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The EF2 tornado that hit Oakville, Iowa on Sunday evening didn't spare this car, sending debris smashing into the windshield.

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Winds up to 66 mph tore through Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday afternoon, destroying structures like this fence and knocking over a swing set.

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Strong gusts of wind in Fort Worth, Texas, knocked down fences such as this one on Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center reports wind speeds of up to 66 mph in the area.

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After severe weather and 60 mph wind tore through the area, residents of Fort Worth, Texas, emerged from their homes to assess the damage on Sunday afternoon.

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Strong winds blew through Tarrant County, Texas, Sunday afternoon, damaging homes and trees like in this neighborhood in North Richland Hills.

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High speed winds snapped trees in North Richland Hills, Texas, Sunday afternoon amid severe weather. In some areas of Tarrant County, the wind speed reached up to 66 mph.

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Split trees and high speed winds threatened the safety of homes on Sunday afternoon as severe weather tracked through Tarrant County, Texas. According to poweroutages.us over 50,000 customers in the county were left without electricity at one point in the day.

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As of Sunday evening, the National Weather Service has not published any reports on possible tornadoes in Fort Worth, Texas from Sunday afternoon. However, the strong winds in the area were enough to down several trees and damage properties.

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Strong winds across Fort Worth, Texas, knocked down trees such as this one, causing property damage to homes and cars.

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Severe weather with strong winds tore through Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday afternoon, knocking over trees like this one and threatening to damage homes.

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Strong winds causing damage to trees threatened homes in parts of Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday afternoon as severe weather swept through the area.

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The strong winds that blew through Warrant County, Texas, caused tree and property damage, such as to this roof.


Not much earlier that day, two tornadoes hit in Indiana. The first was possibly rain-wrapped according to the NWS report, and it struck a farmer's field in Newbern, Indiana at 7:33 p.m. CDT. The second blew through Rushville, Indiana, around 7:51 p.m. CDT, causing significant damage.

Farther south, hail almost the size of tennis balls fell over Deaf Smith County, Texas, around 5 p.m. local time. A tornado hit Castro County, Texas, one county over, just a few minutes before the hail had hit. Areas near Childress, Texas, experienced a wind gust of 87 mph around 8:11 p.m. CDT.

A thin tornado tracked north of Sawyerville, Illinois, around 2:47 p.m., downed a tree into a home and wrecked power lines, according to the NWS report. A social media user was able to catch a photo of it as it churned through the area.

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In Ellettsville, Indiana, a social media user caught a tornado churning behind a line of homes on video. The tornado, which had a maximum path width of 400 yards and packed winds up to 130 mph, was given a preliminary EF2 rating on Sunday. No injuries or fatalities were reported.


A second EF2 tornado was confirmed in Greene County, Indiana. No injuries or fatalities were reported. -
Severe weather also blasted through the southern Plains, with wind gusts as high as 70 mph reported in parts of Oklahoma.

There was a report of blown-out windows in a house near Custer City, Oklahoma, as a fierce line of severe storms rolled through.

To the north of the severe weather, flooding downpours inundated southern Kansas and southwestern Missouri.

On Father's Day, a line of severe storms moved through the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, causing damage to homes and leaving over 90,000 without power, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport canceled over 600 flights and delayed over 700. The Houston Bush International Airport delayed over 600 flights.

Wind speeds of up to 66 mph were recorded in Fort Worth, Texas, and to the west, hail larger than golf balls plagued Irion County, Texas.

Following the over two dozen tornado reports on Saturday, there were only nine Sunday. Sunday's tornadoes occurred in Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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