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2008 tornadoes deadliest since 1968

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- More Iowans died lfrom tornadoes in 2008 than in the past 40 years.

Last year in Iowa, tornadoes killed a dozen people and injured at least 130.  According to state records, the dozen deaths in 2008 are the highest total since 1968. The 2008 tornado season also matched 2001 for the second-most twisters in a year at 105.

The deadliest tornado was the EF5 storm that tore through Parkersburg on May 25, spinning a 43-mile path through three counties and killing eight people. Less than a month later there was an EF3 tornado that struck the Little Sioux Boy Scout camp killing four scouts and injuring 48 others from Iowa and Nebraska.

The National Weather Service said the two storms accounted for more than $100 million in damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Officials say that in June, 98 of Iowa's 99 counties reported tornadoes.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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