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One of the deaths was reported late Saturday in Chariton, Lucas County, although details were not available.
The death was confirmed by Mike Lamb, the county’s emergency coordinator, This was reported by WHO-TV Des Moines.
Earlier at about 4.30 pm near Winterset, Madison County, six deaths were reported, including two children, according to the Des Moines Registry.
Several other people were injured, including some with life-threatening injuries, the report said.
The tornado hit 30 homes in the area, with deaths occurring in various locations, according to the Registry.
In addition, “many people have lost their homes,” said Diogenes Ayala, Madison County’s emergency director. told the newspaper.
Ayala called the tornado “the worst thing anyone has seen in a long time.”
At least two people were reportedly wounded in Polk County.
An emergency shelter has been set up in Madison County at New Bridge Church in Winterset, the report said.
The worst weather events ended in downtown Iowa around 7:30 p.m., the National Weather Service wrote on Twitter.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster announcement for Madison County late Saturday, according to the Registry.
“Our hearts greet all those affected by the deadly storms that tore our state apart today,” Reynolds said in a statement. “Kevin and I join the Iowa people in praying for those who lost their lives and those who were injured. Our hearts ache at this time, but I know that the ions will come out and come together to help in this time of need – they already are. ”