KEOKUK COUNTY, Iowa (Iowa's News Now) — The National Weather Service rated the tornado that went near Hedrick and Keota, Iowa as EF-4.
The tornado did damage to several homes in Keokuk County, before continuing into Johnson County.
That is a violent tornado with estimated wind speeds between 166-200 mph.
This is the strongest tornado in eastern Iowa since the EF-5 in Parkersburg in 2008. For the entire state of Iowa, this is the strongest tornado since March 5, 2022, when the EF4 tornado ripped through Winterset, IA claiming 6 lives. So far, there have not been any reported deaths in this or any tornadoes from March 31st, 2023.
Surveys are still ongoing with multiple tornadoes and damage spots reported in eastern Iowa.
So far preliminary reports from damage surveys conducted today has:
Ottumwa, IA - EF2 3:37-3:50 PM then crossed into Keokuk County (Survey done by NWS Des Moines)
Hedrick/Keota, IA - EF4 The long-track tornado originated south of Hedrick in Wapello county, then moved through Keokuk and Washington Counties.
Bennett, IA - EF2 5:18-5:41 PM
Charlotte, IA - EF2 5:50-6:15 PM
Bellvue, IA - EF1 6:16-6:24 PM