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Weather service confirms EF-1 tornado hit western Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Farmer

 

In this still frame from video provided by WQOW, a vehicle is seen on the lawn of a home near Martell, Wis., in Pierce County on Thursday, June 29, 2017, after a tornado touched down in western Wisconsin on Wednesday.

ELLSWORTH (AP) — The National Weather Service confirms it was an EF-1 tornado that struck western Wisconsin, damaging 25 to 30 homes and farm buildings. and injuring one person when a barn collapsed.

The tornado traveled more than 11 miles and packed winds of up to 105 mph.

Weather service meteorologist Michelle Margraf said the tornado struck about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday east of River Falls in Pierce County. The twister damaged several homes, churned up large trees at their roots and flipped vehicles on their side near Martell.

In this still frame from video provided by WQOW, a woman searches through debris with a vehicle on the lawn of a home near Martell, Wis., in Pierce County on Thursday, June 29, 2017, after a tornado touched down in western Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Gary Brown, emergency manager for Pierce County, says the person was in a barn when the storm hit and part of the building collapsed. The person was taken to a local hospital but no condition was available.

The tornado struck about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in an area between Ellsworth and Spring Valley, Wisconsin, which are about 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of Minneapolis.
Brown says he saw several houses that had very significant damage.

Margraf said another tornado touchdown was reported by law enforcement to the north near Siren in Burnett County about 5 p.m. The tornado damaged a barn and trees.

Meteorologist Todd Krause at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minnesota, says after morning storms moved on, there was enough afternoon sunshine to heat up the atmosphere and trigger the tornado.