- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) - Weather officials say a strong tornado touched down earlier this week in western Iowa’s Pottawattamie County.

The National Weather Service says investigators surveying debris concluded an EF-2 tornado landed Tuesday about nine miles west of Oakland. Such a classification means the tornado could have packed wind speeds ranging from 111 to 135 mph.

The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports (https://bit.ly/1rS395h ) the tornado carved out a three-mile path before it merged with another storm. That created straight-line winds that exceeded 90 mph and severely damaged properties in Oakland.

Brian Smith, a warning coordination meteorologist, says there were reports of severe wind and hail damage in the area.

Gov. Terry Branstad on Tuesday issued a disaster proclamation for Pottawattamie County.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com

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