The tornado that struck Friday evening was at least a quarter of a mile wide and damaged more than half of Mapleton, a town of 1,200 in western Iowa. Mayor Fred Standa estimated about 20 percent of the town was "almost flat." Read more here.
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Jason Mauch, center, carries a basket of belonging from his destroyed house in Mapleton, Iowa, Sunday, April 10, after a large tornado flattened a grain elevator and destroyed homes and buildings on its weekend rampage through this small western Iowa town. Authorities reported no serious injuries.