Marshalltown Hospital Closed Due to Tornado Damage

The two plants that were damaged in the event will slow the company's operations and according to officials its waste management facility has been lost completely

Iowa tornadoes bring trail of destruction that hits historic courthouse, theatre and factory

The arduous job of damage assessment is under way in Iowa amid the debris fields that litter at least three cities raked by a string of tornadoes on Thursday. She did not know how serious those patients' injuries were.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rod Donavon said two primary storms spawned the series of damaging tornadoes. Everyone is advised to stay away from the downtown area until further notice.

"We also ask that people stay off cell lines unless necessary, to allow for emergency phone traffic". Officials said citizens coming to Marshalltown to view the damage are hampering the efforts.

A tornado slammed into an agricultural machinery plant in Iowa as some people were working on Thursday and police said a number of people were taken to a local hospital.

The tornado hit Marshalltown just as clothing shop owner Stephanie Moz, her husband and their 2-month-old baby were taking a late lunch break. One developed in the Marshalltown area, while the other started east of Des Moines and traveled through Bondurant and into Pella, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Des Moines. He said officials were going door-to-door to check on residents. All were released after being treated at Pella Regional Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman told the AP. Click through the slideshow above to view the devastation from Thursday's severe storms.

According to CNN affiliate WOI, another tornado damaged houses in Bondurant, about 15km from Des Moines.

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Those who were injured were treated in hospital, none in a critical condition.

Lt. Rick Blaylock of the Polk County Sheriff's Office told The Weather Channel roofs were blown off homes.

The Vermeer Corporation said that the severe weather hit multiple facilities at 4 p.m., when about 400 dealers and customers were on site as part of a 70th anniversary event.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds posted on Twitter that she's praying for all those impacted by the tornadoes.

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