Preface: This EF-5 was one of hundreds that struck during one of the largest continuous Tornado outbreaks on record – 22nd May – 31st May 2008.
In this post however, we’ll be focusing on the Parkersburg, Iowa EF-5 Tornado – which struck on the 25th May 2008 – find out more at the bottom of the article.
In the surveillance camera video below, watch the May 2008 Parkersburg, Iowa Tornado completely obliterate a home.
The surveillance camera footage was captured by the surveillance camera at First State Bank – bank’s drive-up ATM – in Parkersburg.
The above mentioned Tornado tore a forty three mile-long path across the counties of Butler and Black Hawk in Iowa.
The EF-5 took the lives of nine people, injuring dozens and causing several millions of dollars worth of damage.
The Tornado began near the Butler and Grundy County line, two miles south of Aplington, Iowa at 4:48pm (CDT).
The Tornado grew quickly in size and intensity over the next several minutes as it approached Parkersburg.
The Tornado was nearly three-quarters of a mile wide as it moved through the southern end of Parkersburg at 4:56 (CDT).
A third of the town experienced devastating damage with nearly two hundred homes completely destroyed.
The Tornado maintained it’s size and intensity as it moved through New Hartford, Iowa. At 5:09pm (CDT), the severe weather event moved just north of New Hartford, once again causing incredible structural and tree damage.
The Tornado weakened east of New Hartford with lesser damage as it pushed through portions of northern Black Hawk County – north of the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls.
During the weak phase of the Tornado, the parents supercell thunderstorm produced significant straight line winds from a large rear-flank downdraft (RFD) just south of the Tornado’s path.
Wind speeds of up to one hundred miles per hour were produced simply by the RFD, with a wind gust to ninety three at 5:37pm (CDT) measured at the Waterloo Airport.
The Tornado re-intensified and grew nearly one and a half miles wide north of Dunkerton, Iowa causing significant damage to a farmstead there. The Tornado dissipated just before leaving Black Hawk County at 5:50pm (CDT).