Damage assessment after eight killed in storms

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The damage assessment continues today after thunderstorms and tornadoes hit the upper Midwest over the weekend.

At least eight people died, including a two-year-old in Minnesota and seven people in Iowa.

Several homes and a high school in Parkersburg, Iowa, were wrecked.

The Iowa storm hit just after 5 p.m. yesterday and dealt heavy damage to the town of Parkersburg. The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado struck the town of about 1,000 residents.

Iowa Homeland Security administrator Dave Miller says five people were killed in Parkersburg and two were from nearby New Hartford. At least 50 injuries were reported.

Parkersburg is 80 miles northeast of Des Moines.

In Minnesota, authorities say a 2-year-old child is dead after severe thunderstorms packing large hail and possible tornadoes hit the suburban St. Paul area.

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