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National Weather Service confirms tornado damaged homes, grocery store in southern Iowa


DES MOINES, Iowa — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado damaged homes and a grocery store in southern Iowa.

Meteorologist Craig Cogil says the tornado received an EF-3 rating after peak winds were estimated at 142 mph near a damaged house in Lovilia on Monday night.

The tornado developed in Marion County and briefly moved through Lucas County before ending in Monroe County, where the house was located. The tornado had wind speeds of 103 mph when it later ripped into a grocery store in Albia.

About 40 to 50 people in the Hy-Vee store took shelter inside as the storm shattered store windows. Homes in the area lost roofs and windows.

No injuries have been reported.

Thunderstorms were reported around the state Monday. More were expected Tuesday and Wednesday.

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