Path length: 17.6 miles
Width: 150 yards
County: Boone, Webster, Hamilton
A total of 14 tornadoes occurred on November 12, 2005. All but 2 were in the state of Iowa. The strongest is the topic of this summary. It was rated F3 and traveled from near Boxholm through Stratford. It ended 6 miles NNE of Stratford.
At the beginning of the track a farm was hit. A pickup truck was flipped and two horses will killed. As the tornado moved NE, a mix of F1 and F2 damage was found. At least 3 homes had heavy damage and outbuildings were destroyed. The tornado continued over the Des Moines River and began a trek toward Stratford. Many homes were damaged on the west-central end of town. It crossed the city park where a cinder block bathroom was destroyed.
There were 3 injuries reported with this tornado and 1 fatality. 84-year-old Lucille Runyan was killed in her Stratford home. Here is a clip from the Mason City Globe-Gazette from November 14, 2005:
Storm Data Entry
Tornado (1) initially touched down just west of E Avenue (just south of Boxholm in northwest Boone county), one half mile south of Boone County Highway E18 at approximately 4:27 p.m as an F1 tornado. The tornado then tracked northeast across E Avenue, hitting a farm just north of E18, damaging the home and some out buildings. It also flipped over one pickup truck and killed two horses at this location.
The tornado continued northeast, spreading debris across F Avenue just north of 125th Street as it maintained F1 intensity. Two additional homes were damaged with outbuildings destroyed as the tornado tracked northeast across G and H Avenues near 105th Avenue. It then intensified to an F2 tornado as it crossed the Boone/Webster county line. Another home was heavily damaged and a large outbuilding destroyed just north of the Boone/Webster county line. The tornado quickly moved northeast, crossing 390th Street and headed toward the Des Moines River, weakening to an F1 tornado.
A continuous, but weak damage path was observed crossing the river as the tornado tracked across open farmland and land adjacent the Des Moines River. The tornado has been rated an F1 tornado during this time. After crossing County D64 in Webster county, the tornado struck another farm near 370th Street and Washington Avenue, damaging the residence and destroying a machine shed along with most of its contents. The tornado again intensified to an F2 at this location.
The tornado then headed toward Stratford, crossing the Webster and Hamilton county line just west of County Road D54. The tornado entered Stratford at 4:46 p.m. on the west-central end of town, heavily damaging many homes. The tornado crossed the city park and then exited the city near the north-central portion of Stratford. Numerous homes were heavily damaged with one fatality.
As the tornado left Stratford, it continued on a northeast track, lifting and dropping to the ground several times as an F0 and F1 tornado. It damaged three additional farms northeast of Stratford with the last damaged farm north of 320th Street and west of County Road R21 in Hamilton County.
Track Map and Damage Photos via NWS Des Moines
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