Creston Tornado packed winds of up to 130-miles per hour


April 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says Saturday’s tornado in Creston was packing winds of up to 130-miles per hour when it destroyed or damaged several buildings, and flipped over parked cars. The tornado was classified as in E-F 2 on the Fujita Scale. Officials say

It began at around 6:55-p.m., about 1.5-miles east of Cromwell, and tracked through northwest Creston at around 7-p.m. Saturday, destroying the Green Valley Area Education Agency (AEA) building, damaging structures on and near the Southwestern Community College campus, and causing significant damage to the Greater Regional Medical Center.

The twister continued to track northeast and damaged several farmsteads northeast of Creston before dissipating about 10-miles north of town, at around 7:15-p.m. The overall path of the tornado measured 14-miles. It was approximately 600-yards wide and lasted for about 20-minutes. Initial reports suggest 10-people were injured, but there were no fatalities.