Tornado strikes Marshalltown, Iowa, catastrophic damage reported

The Iowa town has suffered major damage from a large tornado.
Publish date:

Marshalltown, Iowa has taken a direct hit from a large and violent tornado. 

The supercell storm produced the twister and trained spotters reported that it ripped through the northwest side of the city at approximately 4:55 pm., causing catastrophic damage. 

Early reports say vehicles are missing and overturned, tops of buildings are gone and trees and power lines and down. 

Marshalltown is located 60 miles northeast of Des Moines, or about 130 miles south of the Minnesota border. 

A warning was issued by the National Weather Service-Des Moines at 4:37 p.m., warning residents of the town to "take shelter immediately."

Photos are starting to filter in and the damage is extreme. 

Pella, a small town about 50 miles south of Marshalltown, was also hit hard by a tornado that produced catastrophic damage. 

We'll update this story as we learn more. 

Next Up

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day 2020?

Most services will not be running on Thursday and unlike most years, many stores will be closed, too.


How a turkey's brush with celebrity in Bloomington came to a tragic end

DNR: if you care about wild animals, stop feeding them

TCF Bank Stadium

Saturday's Gophers/Badgers football game canceled due to COVID-19 issues

The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe will not take place for the first time since 1906.

coronavirus, Iowa

MN health officials don't think downside of COVID-19 peak has arrived

We could be in a trough between a series of waves, Jan Malcolm said.

covid-19, coronavirus

Wisconsin reports record 104 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday

That's roughly 10% of the total in the nation in a 24-hour period.


Husband and wife sentenced for fraud scheme through their drywall firm

The Annandale pair bilked an insurance company out of more than $300,000.


4 pedestrians suffer life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle

Two vehicles crashed into a car that was on the side of the road after striking a deer.

Marcus Carr

Gophers season preview: New lineup, deeper bench, more questions

Mathew Goldstein takes a deep dive into the murky waters of the college hoops season.


Photos: ViV!R, Minneapolis' new Mexican cafe and shop, is now open

The team behind the acclaimed Popol Vuh have opened the cafe in the same space.


At Wiscoy Township's sole precinct, election judges ditched masks

Voter and Wiscoy resident Kaitlyn O'Connor took a photo of the judges after asking them to wear masks, she said


Damage surveys indicate EF-3 tornadoes hit Iowa cities

Marshalltown and Pella were hit the hardest.

Wheaton tornado damage

Major damage after tornado strikes western Wisconsin towns

Daylight has revealed some of the catastrophic damage in Wheaton.

Watch: Marshalltown tornado takes down courthouse clock tower

The city of 27,000 people is surveying the damage after the Thursday tornado.

There were up to 10 tornadoes in Thursday's outbreak

The original belief was that there were 5-6 tornadoes.

Possible tornado, severe wind causes extensive damage in Red Wing

Photos from the Red Wing Regional Airport show collapsed hangars.

Screen Shot 2019-07-19 at 8.39.54 AM

Tornado watch issued for large area of MN, including Twin Cities

Damaging winds, very large hail and strong tornadoes are all possible.

Dalton tornado damage

Extreme damage from deadly tornado in west-central Minnesota

One person was killed during the Wednesday tornado.

Minnesota has its 1st tornado warning of 2019

The tornado warning was issued Friday at 7:25 p.m.