Two Tornadoes Hit Lenox Iowa on May 11, 2011


May 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the National Weather Service in Des Moines said Thursday, two tornado struck the Taylor County community of Lenox, Wednesday afternoon. An analysis of the storm data and damage indicated the first tornado, an EF-0 packing winds of up to 80-miles per hour, touched down at around 4:38-p.m. along south Maple Street in Lenox.

The twister left a curved path three-tenths of a mile wide and six-tenths of a mile long, during which it damaged several trees and the roofs and facades of two brick buildings on North Main Street.

The second tornado, an EF-1, with wind speeds of up to 105-miles per hour, touched down at around 4:43-p.m., in the southwest part of Lenox, near the intersection of State Highway 49 and West Platte Street…just a couple of blocks from where the first twister touched down.

The tornado left a path of destruction three-tenths of a mile wide and 1.2-miles long.

The greatest amount of damage occurred shortly after the twister made landfall, with one house sustaining damage to a second story dormer, and a manufactured home losing one-half of its roof. Additional damage was incurred upon trees and shingles on homes as the tornado continued its northerly trek on the ground.

It eventually turned northwest and hit an older home and business before finally exiting Lenox and continuing over open fields before dissipating one-half mile north of town at around 4:48-p.m.

No injuries were reported.