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National Weather Service confirms tornados hit Northwest Iowa Friday

Mon 8-21-2017 Melvin, Ia

(Melvin)-The National Weather Service is confirming two tornadoes struck Friday night in Northwest Iowa.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, say an EF-1 tornado with sustained 90 mile an hour winds touched down in cropland near the Iowa-Minnesota border just south of Bigelow, Minnesota around 7:50 pm on Friday.

Another tornado landed near Melvin about an hour later. That tornado was rated as an EF-2 with winds up to 125 miles per hour.

The tornado damaged crops and at least one farm near Melvin.

No injuries were reported.

Also, downpours prompted the Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for some parts of Western Iowa on Monday morning, where 6 inches of rain had fallen in some locations.

Mud and debris were on parts of U.S. Highway 71 after flooding from Bluegrass Creek near Audubon.

Other locations where flooding was occurring include Arion, Carroll, Denison, Dow City, Ricketts, Vail and Westside.