UPDATE | 22:53 EST – 4 people are now reported dead after a tornado struck a boy scout camp in Little Sioux, Iowa on Thursday.
Four people were killed and at least another 20 were reported injured Wednesday when a tornado struck a Boy Scout camp in western Iowa, a state safety official said.
Iowa Public Safety Commissioner Gene Meyer said the four were killed by a storm that slammed into the Little Sioux Scout Ranch near the Nebraska state line.
Meyer said about 120 people, including 93 children, were believed to be at the camp at the time of the storm.
Lloyd Roitstein, president of the Boy Scouts of Mid-America Council, said the scouts at the ranch were between 13 and 18 years old and were there for a week of training. He said all of them were staying in tents and that the site was destroyed.
“All of the buildings are gone; most of the tents are gone; most of the trees are destroyed,” Roitstein said. “You’ve got 1,800 acres of property that are destroyed right now.”
The National Weather Service received a 7:35 p.m. report of a touchdown at the site.
Officials at Burgess Memorial Hospital, about 20 miles away from the ranch, said they had treated several patients injured by the storm Wednesday night and that injuries ranged from minor to serious.
PREVIOUSLY – 22:14pm EST — A tornado has hit a boy scout camp in western Iowa. More details as they emerge.
As many as 40 people may be injured atboy scout camp near Little Sioux, in western Iowa after a storm ortornado touched down.
Emergency officials who could be heard on a police scannerreported the injuries at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch which islocated in Iowa’s Loess Hills.
The officials said many of the injuries were head injuries.
A dispatch operator with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Officewould not confirm reports of injuries but said first responderswere at the camp site and more were en route.