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Thurman, Iowa 75 Percent Destroyed By Possible Tornado, Official Says

04/14/12 11:33 PM ET AP

Thurman Iowa

THURMAN, Iowa -- Officials say a small western Iowa community has been severely damaged by a possible tornado.

Fremont County Emergency Management Director Mike Crecelius told The Associated Press on Saturday that about 75 percent of the town of Thurman was destroyed.

He said there were no injuries and no deaths in the town of about 250 people.

Crecelius said the town was on lockdown Saturday night and wasn't letting anyone in. He said town officials and residents expect to start cleaning up on Sunday.

Crecelius said some residents had taken refuge in City Hall, which was the only building in town with power. Others were staying in a shelter, at motels or with relatives.

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A man listens for the sound of trapped people in the Pinaire Mobile Home Park in Wichita, Kan., after a tornado cause massive destruction in the area on Saturday night, April 14, 2012. Tornadoes were spotted across the Midwest and Plains on Saturday as an outbreak of unusually strong weather seized the region, and forecasters sternly warned that "life-threatening" weather could intensify overnight. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)

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