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Iowa tornado kills seven people

The National Weather Service said at least three tornadoes moved through the state on Saturday, including one with wind speeds of more than 135 miles per hour.

Seven people, including two children, were killed in Iowa on Saturday as communities across the state were battered by at least three tornadoes that destroyed dozens of homes, the authorities said.

Six of the deaths occurred in Madison County, southwest of Des Moines, and a seventh was reported southeast of Chariton, a city in Lucas County, officials said.

In Madison County, six other people were injured, said Diogenes Ayala, the director of the county’s Emergency Management Agency.

After touring damaged neighborhoods and meeting with victims’ families on Sunday, Gov.

Kim Reynolds of Iowa said at a news conference that the destruction she had witnessed was “devastating.”

“Our hearts and our prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones and those who were impacted by the storm,” said Ms. Reynolds

Who issued a disaster proclamation for Madison County on Saturday, allowing state resources to be used for response and recovery efforts.

The six people who were killed in different locations in Madison County were identified as: Melissa Bazley 63, Rodney Clark 64, Cecilia Lloyd 72, Michael Bolger 37, Kenley Bolger 5, and Owen Bolger 2.

Officials in Lucas County did not release details about the death there because family members had not been notified.

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