Weather Service confirms area tornadoes

The National Weather Service office in the Quad Cities says at least three tornadoes touched down in the region during Wednesday night’s severe weather outbreak, causing plenty of damage and at least one minor injury.

Forecasters from the Quad Cities office in Davenport spent Thursday surveying damage across the region, and say it turned out that a tornado ranked EF-2 was on the ground in the Henry County town of Galva for only about a minute, but traveled about one-and-a-quarter miles and ripped some shingles off one home, and tore the roof off another and causing the injury, along with some downed trees and power poles. That storm had estimated winds of 120 miles per hour.

Two tornadoes both EF-1 were also confirmed in this area Wednesday night — one that started in Sherrard and went through parts of Henry and Mercer Counties, and another in the northern Henry County town of Hooppole.

Both caused tree damage. But the one that started in Sherrard caused debris to fly into and impale one home, while ripping part of the roof off another. That tornado had wind speeds near 105 miles per hour and stayed on the ground for about ten minutes and went eight miles.

Injuries were minimal.