Iowa tornado 2022: Tornadoes kill 7, including 2 children, near Des Moines, Iowa, officials say

Seven people, including two children, died in a series of tornadoes that ripped through multiple counties near Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, officials said

Six Madison County residents were killed, Madison County Emergency Management Director Diogenes Ayala said

The oldest victim was 72-years-old and the youngest was aged 2, Ayala told a news conference in Winterset Sunday afternoon. He had earlier said there were two victims aged under 5

A person in a rural area near the Lucas County city of Chariton was also killed, an official said

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Des Moines said an initial estimate of the Madison County tornado showed it was an EF3, with wind speeds of at least 136 miles per hour. It hopes to complete a damage survey for the Winterset tornado on Monday

The NWS said Sunday the Winterset tornado was one of at least two EF3 tornadoes to hit Iowa on Saturday

Damage surveys from the NWS offices in Des Moines and Quad Cities suggested another EF3 with estimated winds of 138 mph was responsible for damage near Chariton, it said

That tornado was on the ground for 16 and a half miles. In addition, an EF2 tornado with estimated winds of 122 mph occurred near Leon, which was on the ground for 19 miles

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