Three Blue Springs family members among victims of Iowa tornado

KMBC 9 has learned that three of the people killed in the deadly tornado in central Iowa Saturday are from Blue Springs, Missouri, including two young children. 7 people died after a tornado hit the town of Winterset, southwest of Des Moines. Among the victims identified by Madison County authorities are 37-year-old Michael Bolger, 5-year-old Kinlee Bolger and 2-year-old Owen Bolger. A family friend tells KMBC 9 they lived in Blue Springs. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family. You can donate here. WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) – Seven people were killed, including two children, when several tornadoes swept through central Iowa, destroying homes and knocking down trees and power lines in the state’s deadliest storm in more than a decade, authorities said.Emergency management officials in Madison County said four were injured and six people were killed Saturday when one tornado touched down in the area southwest of Des Moines near the town of Winterset around 4:30 pm Among those killed were two children under the age of five and four adults. In Lucas County, about 54 miles (87 kilometers) southeast of Des Moines, officials confirmed one death and multiple reported injuries when a separate tornado struck less than an hour later.The state Department of Natural Resources said that person who died was in an RV at a campground at Red Haw State Park in Chariton, Iowa. Officials reported a number of homes were damaged or destroyed, roads were blocked by downed lines and tree branches were shredded by the strong winds. At one point, power outages affe’cted about 10,000 in the Des Moines area. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for Madison County, which allows state resources to be used to assist with response and recovery efforts. Madison County Emergency Management Director Diogenes Ayala said 52 homes were damaged or destroyed across nearly 14 miles.After touring the storm damage near Winterset, Reynolds described “unimaginable destruction.” Reynolds teared up as she described the hundreds of people who streamed into the area to volunteer their help to clear debris that blocked roads and littered the hardest hit areas. Homeowners and volunteers were picking up wood debris and beginning to clear it away Sunday in the rolling hills south of Winterset as chainsaws whirred away in the background. “It’s just unbelievable. I tried to walk through and thank them and over and over (and) the response was, we’re Iowans and that’s what we do, “she said.The foundation was all that was left of several homes. The tornado carved a path of destruction along a ridge while several hundred feet away other homes were undamaged.Ayala said emergency responders navigated narrow roads blocked by downed trees and debris Saturday night to help after the storm. “With trees and debris and everything around, just to go out there and start the search and rescue and get the people affected out of there, I can not express the heroism of the first responders who were out there last night, “Ayala said.Officials identified the six people who were killed in Madison County as Melissa Bazley, 63; Rodney Clark, 64; Cecilia Lloyd, 72; Michael Bolger, 37; Kinlee Bolger, 5; and Owen Bolger, 2. The victims came from three different households.Lucas County officials did not immediately identify the person who died there Sunday afternoon.The National Weather Service in Des Moines tweeted Saturday that initial photos and videos from the damage around the community of Winterset suggested it was at least an EF-3 tornado, capable of causing severe damage, on the Enhanced Fujita scale. It said weather service teams would investigate the damage Sunday and further assess a potential rating.EF-3 storms typically have winds between 136 mph and 165 mph.

KMBC 9 has learned that three of the people killed in the deadly tornado in central Iowa Saturday are from Blue Springs, Missouri, including two young children.

7 people died after a tornado hit the town of Winterset, southwest of Des Moines.
Among the victims identified by Madison County authorities are 37-year-old Michael Bolger, 5-year-old Kinlee Bolger and 2-year-old Owen Bolger. A family friend tells KMBC 9 they lived in Blue Springs.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family. You can donate here.

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) – Seven people were killed, including two children, when several tornadoes swept through central Iowa, destroying homes and knocking down trees and power lines in the state’s deadliest storm in more than a decade, authorities said.

Emergency management officials in Madison County said four were injured and six people were killed Saturday when one tornado touched down in the area southwest of Des Moines near the town of Winterset around 4:30 pm Among those killed were two children under the age of five and four adults.

In Lucas County, about 54 miles (87 kilometers) southeast of Des Moines, officials confirmed one death and multiple reported injuries when a separate tornado struck less than an hour later.

The state Department of Natural Resources said that person who died was in an RV at a campground at Red Haw State Park in Chariton, Iowa.

Officials reported a number of homes were damaged or destroyed, roads were blocked by downed lines and tree branches were shredded by the strong winds. At one point, power outages affe’cted about 10,000 in the Des Moines area.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for Madison County, which allows state resources to be used to assist with response and recovery efforts. Madison County Emergency Management Director Diogenes Ayala said 52 homes were damaged or destroyed across nearly 14 miles.

After touring the storm damage near Winterset, Reynolds described “unimaginable destruction.”

Reynolds teared up as she described the hundreds of people who streamed into the area to volunteer their help to clear debris that blocked roads and littered the hardest hit areas. Homeowners and volunteers were picking up wood debris and beginning to clear it away Sunday in the rolling hills south of Winterset as chainsaws whirred away in the background.

“It’s just unbelievable. I tried to walk through and thank them and over and over (and) the response was, we’re Iowans and that’s what we do,” she said.

The foundation was all that was left of several homes. The tornado carved a path of destruction along a ridge while several hundred feet away other homes were undamaged.

Ayala said emergency responders navigated narrow roads blocked by downed trees and debris Saturday night to help after the storm.

“With trees and debris and everything around, just to go out there and start the search and rescue and get the people affected out of there, I can not express the heroism of the first responders who were out there last night,” Ayala said.

Officials identified the six people who were killed in Madison County as Melissa Bazley, 63; Rodney Clark, 64; Cecilia Lloyd, 72; Michael Bolger, 37; Kinlee Bolger, 5; and Owen Bolger, 2. The victims came from three different households.

Lucas County officials did not immediately identify the person who died there Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines tweeted Saturday that initial photos and videos from the damage around the Winterset community suggested it was at least an EF-3 tornado, capable of causing severe damage, on the Enhanced Fujita scale. It said weather service teams would investigate the damage Sunday and further assess a potential rating.

EF-3 storms typically have winds between 136 mph and 165 mph.

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