Powerful images capture deadly devastation from tornado's aftermath in Greenfield, Iowa (2024)

Powerful images capture deadly devastation from tornado's aftermath in Greenfield, Iowa (1)

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Powerful images emerge from deadly Greenfield, Iowa tornado zone

In the aftermath of the tornado in Greenfield, Iowa, powerful and moving images are capturing the devastation and impact of the disaster.

GREENFIELD, Iowa – Once again, shock, sadness and heartbreak grip the heartland.

The small town of Greenfield, Iowa, situated 60 miles southwest of Des Moines, wasoneof the hardest hit communities during Tuesday's storms by one of at least two dozen tornadoes that swept through the state, causing widespread destruction and loss of life.

The National Weather Service office in Des Moines will survey damage over the next couple of days to determine the strength of the twisters. Already, the NWS has said the Greenfield twister was at least an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, but surveys are ongoing.

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Powerful images capture deadly devastation from tornado's aftermath in Greenfield, Iowa (2)

Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a tornado struck the town showiestof Des Moines.

(Chris Juhn)

As survivors emerged from their storm shelters, they were met with a devastating and apocalyptic sight. The once familiar town was now unrecognizable.

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Greenfield suffered major damage Tuesday after a confirmed tornado swept through the town.

(Chris Juhn)

Soon after the storm passed, photographer Chris Juhn captured 6-year-old Hudson Vanatta sitting on the steps of a home that no longer exists. The boy's father is a firefighter who responded to the call forhelp,despite theirownsituation in the wake of the disaster.

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Hudson Vanatta, 6, is seated on the steps of a home that has been destroyed in Greenfield, while his father assists with firefighting duties.

(Chris Juhn)

Another striking image by Juhn shows a house with its front gone, yet inside, pictures still hang on the walls, a small plant and other items remain untouched on a dresser, and binders and books sit inside a bookshelf.

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A house in Greenfield sustained severe damage, with its front completely destroyed, yet remarkably, the interior remained intact with pictures still hanging on the walls.

(Chris Juhn)

Tragically, the storm claimed the lives of at least two individuals, and a dozen more suffered injuries, adding to the immense toll of the disaster.

Adair County Memorial Hospital was also damaged in the tornado. Doctors and hospital staff worked to help the injured. However, due to the damage to the hospital, patients needing further care had to be transferred to surrounding hospitals.

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The storm tragically caused at least two deaths and injured a dozen more.

(Chris Juhn)

Along the tornado's path, houses were reduced to rubble, and the once lush trees stood bare, stripped of their leaves and bark. FOX Weather radar data showed that the debris was propelled to an altitude of approximately 40,000 feet, equivalent to the typical cruising altitude for commercial airplanes.

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

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    Damage and several deaths were reported in Greenfield, Iowa, on Tuesday after a large and violent tornado struck the town located about 60 miles southwest of Des Moines. (Chris Juhn)

Another chaotic scene unfolded southwest of Greenfield as numerous wind turbines collapsed, resulting in the large cylindrical metal structures crumpling like paper straws. One of the turbines even caught fire, adding to the dramatic scene.

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Numerous wind turbines collapsed near Greenfield as the tornado passed.

(Chris Juhn)

On Wednesday, Governor Kim Reynolds is scheduled to visit Greenfield to assess the extent of the damage personally.

Powerful images capture deadly devastation from tornado's aftermath in Greenfield, Iowa (2024)
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