Tornado damage cleanup continues on farms across Atlantic

ATLANTIC, Iowa – The tornado didn’t stay long in Cass County. However, the damage it caused will take some time to be repaired. Jim Pellett has worked his land for over 50 years. He had only seen a bad storm once, it was in 1980.

“Probably worse than we thought last night, there is more extensive destruction,” Pellet said. “Kind of a morning of finding out and trying to figure out what our next course of action is, we found the cattle, they are fine, they are still grazing right now, we finally have some ‘water now, so we can bring in the cattle and feed them.

Pellett said National Weather Service investigators visited his farm to determine the type of tornado or winds that caused the damage. They determined the Atlantic tornado to be an EF-2, with winds of up to 120 miles per hour. The storm traveled 26 miles on the ground.

“We had a tornado, it started just west of the Atlantic near our airport and headed northeast towards the freeway,” said Mike Kennon, emergency manager for Cass County. “It affected quite a few farms along the way, you know we’re pretty close to the city of Atlantic in and between the highway, we just have a lot of farms in that area.”