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1894: A late season outbreak of violent tornadoes struck northern Iowa including several that produced F4 or higher damage. These severe storms affected areas from near Le Mars where a narrow tornado passed through corn fields, east northeast all the way to Mitchell and Howard counties and into southern Minnesota. One particularly violent tornado produced great destruction southwest of Ruthven and barely missed Emmetsburg and Algona. Another very violent tornado moved northeast from near Mason City, narrowly missing Osage and crossing into southern Minnesota. At least three people were killed by this storm in Cerro Gordo County and at least four more died in Mitchell County. A third extremely violent tornado moved northeast on a nearly parallel track across Mitchell and Howard counties from near Osage to several miles southwest of Cresco, killing another five people in Mitchell County. In Iowa a total of 53 people were killed and more than 200 were injured during this severe weather outbreak.

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