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Tornado rips through fields in southern Iowa as storms bring heavy rain, hail


DES MOINES, Iowa — A tornado has ripped through farm fields in southern Iowa as thunderstorms elsewhere in the state dropped heavy rain and loosed hail that approaching the size of baseballs.

Thirty-year-old Mike Gillespie told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1HkQgSS ) that he watched the tornado switch directions and miss his parents' farm north of the township of Williamson in Adams County late Sunday evening.

The storm tore up fields of corn and other crops and also damaged farm buildings. No injuries have been reported.

More than 2 inches of rain and hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter were reported in Jasper County.

Officials say wind gusts topped 60 mph in other central Iowa counties.

Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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