Julie Owen from Des Moines told CNN "It was bad. I've seen a lot of tornado stuff (in the past)," she said. "It's not like the whole town is destroyed, but downtown, a city of this size, it was something else." Julie was in Marshalltown when the tornado hit.

There were 27 tornadoes that struck central Iowa yesterday. Property was damaged, homes were destroyed, and there were multiple injuries reported. Lives were shattered. The video below from the Washington Post shows how destructive yesterday's storms were.

Cleanup efforts are underway this morning and the Iowa chapter of the American Red Cross is finding temporary housing for displaced residents. The American Red Cross relies on donations to fund its crisis relief efforts. If you're wondering what you can do to assist these people, a donation would be a good way to offer some help. Visit Iowa's American Red Cross Website here.