[UPDATE] Confirmed Tornadoes Hit Vinton & Walford Sunday [PHOTOS]
Early morning storms caused extensive damage in Walford and Vinton, where two tornadoes have now been confirmed.
[MONDAY UPDATE 5:45 p.m.] KGAN reports the National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-2 tornado hit Vinton, causing extensive damage. An EF-2 has winds of between 113 and 157 miles-per-hour. This particular storm is estimated to have hand winds of approximately 135 miles-per-hour.
KCRG says the National Weather Service has also confirmed a tornado touched down in Walford. That storm had winds estimated at 115 miles-per-hour.
[ORIGINAL STORY]KCRG is also reporting the roof was torn off of Imperial Apartments in Vinton along with damage at the Benton Country Fairgrounds, and to numerous homes in the same general area.
In Walford, 27-year-old Brett Gioimo was freed from the debris of the collapsed home at 220 Erusha Drive by members of the Fairfax and Cedar Rapids Fire Departments and was transported by Area Ambulance Service to Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Also inside the home this morning, were 28-year-old Ashlee Shill and two children, ages three and four. They were able to get out of the home on their own but were also examined at Mercy Hospital for injuries that are believed to be non-life-threatening.
Deputies from the Linn County Sheriff's Office, the Fairfax Fire Department, Cedar Rapids Fire Department, and Area Ambulance Service all responded to the call at 5:29 this morning.
Many are speculating a tornado hit Walford, though that has not been confirmed at this time. Walford is partially in both Linn and Benton Counties. Linn County was under severe thunderstorm warnings this morning for nearly an hour-and-45-minutes, beginning just after 4:30.
The American Red Cross has been called in to assist in both communities.