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Iowa tornado tragedy when boy loses his little brother, sister, 5, and father to the storm, leaving his mother fighting for her life

FOUR family members died after a tornado ripped through their home on Saturday. According to the authorities, two neighbors also died.

The tornado made a devastating path through homes in Winterset, Iowa, tearing through several homes.

Four family members, including two children, died when a tornado swept through their home on Saturday

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Four family members, including two children, died when a tornado swept through their home on SaturdayPhoto credit: GoFundMe
Mike Bolger and two of his three children died in the storm

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Mike Bolger and two of his three children died in the stormCredit: Facebook
Owen Bolger, 2, died with his older sister

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Owen Bolger, 2, died with his older sisterCredit: Facebook

Melissa Bazley, 63, died when the tornado passed through her home. Her husband and adult son survived, but her son-in-law Mike Bolger, 37, died.

Two of Bolger’s three children didn’t make it either. His two-year-old son Owen and his five-year-old daughter. It is unknown if her name is spelled as Kenley or Kinlee.

Bolger’s eldest son, Brysen, survived, but the children’s mother, Kuri, was seriously injured.

The Bolgers were visiting a family from Blue Springs, Missouri.

A GoFundMe was set up to meet the family’s funeral expenses and hospital bills.

“All monies go directly to Kuri for hospital bills, ongoing expenses and providing appropriate family celebrations,” reads the GoFundMe post.

So far over $134,000 has been raised towards a goal of $150,000.

Rodney Clark, 64, and Cecilia Lloyd, 72, also died when their homes were hit by the storm.

DEADLY STORM

Dramatic footage showed homes being torn apart as the deadly tornado hit Madison County southwest of Des Moines on Saturday.

the storm was classified as an EF3 tornado with winds ranging from 136 to 155 miles per hour leaving a 13.7 mile path of destruction WER TV.

“I think that’s the worst thing anyone’s seen in a long time,” said Diogenes Ayala, Madison County’s director of emergency management.

Officials estimated that 25-30 homes were destroyed.

Significant damage was reported south and east of Chariton, and damage was also reported in Red Haw State Park.

The County Conservation Building at Pin Oak Marsh was destroyed.

The Iowa tornado missed the city of Winterset, with most of the damage occurring in rural areas, reports said.

“Let the people who live there, let them clean up, give them some space. This is quite devastating to our community,” Ayala said. “Give people time to heal. Keep our community in your prayers tonight.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help clean up Winterset can call the Madison County Chamber of Commerce at (515) 462-1185.

If you know someone who is missing or has not been identified, you can call Madison County officials at (515) 462-3575 Ext. 8.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and other area leaders survey tornado-devastated areas of Winterset, Iowa

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and other area leaders survey tornado-devastated areas of Winterset, IowaCredit: AP
A tornado swept through Winterset, Iowa, leaving six dead

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A tornado swept through Winterset, Iowa, leaving six deadPhoto credit: NWS Des Moines

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Bobby Allyn

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