Tornado confirmed in southeast corner of Iowa
MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a tornado touched down Wednesday afternoon south of Mount Pleasant in the southeastern corner of Iowa, but no injuries or damage have been reported.
Salem City Clerk Alyse Kreiss captured a few seconds of video of the twister on her cell phone as it approached Salem from the west.
She told KTVO the tornado lifted before it got to town. Kreiss said several residents ran to the basement of a local church to seek shelter until the storm passed.
Mount Pleasant City Administrator Brent Schleisman says the tornado was confirmed around 3 p.m. Wednesday. It hit as the National Weather Service placed parts of Henry and Des Moines counties under a tornado warning until later Wednesday afternoon.
Schleisman said he believed the tornado skirted south of Mount Pleasant, but had not had much of a chance to check in with residents. Schleisman said he and other City Hall employees "just got out of the basement ourselves."
Salem, Iowa, City Clerk Alyse Kreiss recorded a few seconds of video around 3 Wednesday afternoon, before running for cover.
She told KTVO, luckily, the twister lifted before reaching town and did no damage in Salem.