Powerful Iowa Tornadoes Level Structures, Bring Air Traffic to a Halt

A large tornado touched down Saturday evening near the Iowa capital city of Des Moines, damaging heavy structures, sending people fleeing to shelter, and bringing nearby air traffic to a stop.

A large tornado hit near Highway 159 just south of Winterset, Iowa, where a gas leak was reported afterward. Another tornado was reported just south of Norwalk, which is an outlying suburb of Des Moines.

All air traffic was suspended in the area, and a tornado warning had been issued for Des Moines.

People fled to shelter, including many who flocked to a tornado shelter in the Des Moines airport.

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A large tornado hit just south of Winterset, Iowa, and another tornado was reported just south of Norwalk, which is an outlying suburb of Des Moine. Newsweek/Getty

The tornadoes are part of a system moving through the Midwest late on Saturday afternoon and into the evening. Tornado warnings remain in effect for the towns of Moravia, Rathbun, and Iconium.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new details emerge.