Iowa's tornado kills 7 people and causes extensive damage

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Multiple tornadoes were reported on Saturday in central and southern Iowa.

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25 to 30 homes were badly damaged.

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Another person died in Lucas County and damage was reported in the town of Chariton.

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynold announced a disaster proclamation in the area on Saturday evening, freeing state resources for cleanup activities.

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The tornado moved northeastward across Interstate-35. Downed trees and damage was also seen in the Norwalk area, just south of Des Moines.

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This is the worst that anyone has seen in quite a long time

Madison County Emergency Management Director Diogenes Ayala

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Our hearts go out to all those affected by the deadly storms that tore through our state today

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds

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