Tornado Photos, Videos Show Destruction Across Iowa and Minnesota

Photos and videos on social media show overturned vehicles and the carapaces of houses that have been damaged by tornadoes that have ripped through Iowa and Minnesota.

One video shows damaged houses that have fallen in as a result of the tornadoes in Hartland, Minnesota.

Another video, posted by Bryon Houlgrave, a photojournalist for The Des Moines Register, shows a menacing black tornado on the side of the road near to the city of Atlantic in Iowa.

The Des Moines Register reported on the tornado, which passed over the Interstate 80 Highway on Wednesday.

Another video near Atlantic shows a dark sky and a truck that has been completely overturned by the wind, while another photo shows cars overturned on a road empty of human life.

Channel8 ABC anchor Macy Meyer tweeted a video showing winds outside her office.

"HOLY COW!! Here's a look right outside our station in #LNK. It was hard to even see a few feet in front of you. We heard reports of 93 MPH wind gusts at the Lincoln airport. Please everyone STAY SAFE!" she wrote.

Another video from Albert Lea, Minnesota, shows heavy winds and rain pummeling a deserted street. Other videos from Minnesota show huge bolts of lightning, as well as snow blizzards.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch until 8 p.m. on Wednesday night for most of western and central Iowa, with a strong line of storms moving from east to west.

There were reports of hundreds of power outages around the state.

Meanwhile, Minnesota saw its first-ever tornadoes in December. One was reported just northwest of Albert Lea with damaged reported in Hartland, while the other was in Plainview. Both were first reported at around 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

The latest recorded tornado in Minnesota was on November 16, 1931, east of Maple Plain.

"Strong and widespread winds are expected this evening through the overnight hours. The strongest of winds will occur within the line of storms that will pass through this evening (6-10 p.m.). Some of these storms could produce tornadoes. Strong winds will persist throughout the night. Areas to the NW of our area will see the winter impacts, with the potential for two to four inches of snow," the National Weather Service in Minnesota said in a warning on its website.

As of about 2 a.m. CT on Thursday morning, the north-west of Minnesota was most impacted by the winter storm, but high wind warnings impacted the whole state.

Malcom Iowa storm damage
Two grain bins destroyed by a storm lie on the ground near railroad tracks at the Heartland Co-Op grain elevator on August 11, 2020 in Malcom, Iowa. Photos and videos on social media show overturned vehicles and the carapaces of houses that have been devastated by the tornadoes that hit Iowa and Minnesota on Wednesday evening. Daniel Acker