Officials: Damage in Iowa from storm, tornadoes

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are receiving reports of homes and businesses “completely damaged” by severe weather and multiple tornadoes in northern Iowa.

Stephanie Bond with Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management says officials in Wright County are reporting at least two businesses and a home were completely destroyed Wednesday afternoon. She says there are no reports of injuries or deaths.

Bond says damage also has been reported in Franklin County, near Alexander, Sheffield and Hampton.

The National Weather Service says spotters reported multiple tornadoes in the area, but a final tally will not be available until Thursday.

Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg says at least two tornadoes were reported alongside one another near Hampton.

A massive line of storms Wednesday packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds is expected to affect states from Iowa to Maryland.

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