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

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.