SPC Stats

Path length: 20 miles

Width:  250 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

Rating:  F4

County:  Polk, Jasper

Seven tornadoes were confirmed on September 28, 1986.  4 of the 7 were in the state of Iowa and this strongest of the day was this F4 that travels through parts of Polk and Jasper Counties.  The Storm Data entry states, “the devastation might have been much greater, but the storm missed hitting any towns.”  

The twister remained in rural areas of NE Polk into Jasper County tracking 4 miles SW of Farrar to 6 miles ESE of Baxter.  There was devastating damage to at least 40 homes.  7 were leveled, 5 more badly damaged.  There were no injuries and no fatalities.  

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 41.758 / -93.60      End: 41.77 / -93.00      

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Newspaper Clippings


The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

September 1986 Storm Data Publication


Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1277.

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