SPC Stats

Path length: 1.59 miles

Width:  100 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  5

Rating:  EF2

County:  Benton

Ten tornadoes are found on July 17, 2016 in the SPC database.  Half of them were in the state of Iowa and all of those occurred during the early AM hours.   Our summary today looks at an EF2 tornado that tracked a short distance through Benton County, IA and near the town of Vinton.  

The tornado caused damaged for about 2 minutes around 5am local time. The track stayed in the southern parts of Vinton.  Per the NWS Quad Cities:  Numerous homes lost their roofs.  A ball field was struck destroying fencing, the score board and a larger light pole.  Some of the worst damage was to a brick apartment building.  It was unroofed and had parts of the walls blown out.

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 42.1531 / -92.0327   End:  42.1587 / -92.0025      

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

Radar and Damage Photos via NWS Quad Cities

Radar reflectivity at Vinton at 501 AM
Radar rotation near Vinton at 501 AM
Damage to apartment building in Vinton
Damage near a baseball field




We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases and the NWS Quad Cities Summary and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 1.59 mile path length.
  • The summary has a 1.62 mile length.


  • Slight differences on when this tornado occurred.
  • The timestamp in the SPC database is 358 CST.
  • NCDC has a beginning time of 358 CST and ending time of 4:00 CST.
  • The NWS Summary has the time starting at 501am CDT and ending at 502AM CDT.

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