NWS Assess the Damage

Jeff Johnson with the National Weather Service in Des Moines Belmond, IA

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BELMOND, IA – The National Weather Service from Des Moines came to the Belmond area to assess the damage that was done by the tornado that hit the area.

Their goal is find out where the tornado started and ended and how strong it was.

Jeff Johnson, with the NWS, says it takes quite a bit of technology and a keen eye to help determine the path of this destructive weather system.

He says they use what they call a damage rating scale on buildings and surrounding environment.

“So we pick a point we think is the worst in the building, and then we rate it because what we’re interested in rating a tornado is the worse damage we find and that’s going to give us the rating of the tornado. Secondarily, we want to know where it started and ended,” said Johnson.

Johnson and his crew drove the path from Belmond to Alexander to help track where the tornado finally dispersed and where the other one was spotted.

According to their findings the tornado is being categorized as an F-3.

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