A relentless week-long severe weather pattern continued to unleash destructive tornadoes across parts of the Midwest on Monday. Large trees and power lines were reported down, and numerous structures damaged throughout Memorial Day in the central United States.
Many midwestern residents may have hoped to celebrate Memorial Day with outdoor festivities, which are more typically associated with the holiday. Instead, many residents were warned to take shelter as tornado watches and warnings spread across the region.
As of Monday evening, there were over 50 tornado reports listed on the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center website, many of which from the central states like Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Indiana. Tornadoes were also reported in northeast Colorado and western Nebraska.
On Monday night, the tornadoes shifted into Ohio, where a large and destructive tornado swept through Dayton.
Tornado watches and warnings were issued across the region throughout Monday. Many local residents were told to take shelter.
A tornado was first observed in Floyd County, Iowa, about 1-4 miles north of Charles City around 12:30 p.m, local time, Monday. NWS reports damage to several homes, as well as extensive damage to the Floyd County Fairgrounds and to a fertilizer plant.
Social media users captured the large and damaging tornado moving across Floyd County on video.
Also in Iowa, a tornado was reported to have blown through Lime Springs in Howard County shortly before 2 p.m, local time. Power lines were knocked down as a result. Crews later conducted house-to-house searches.