EF-3 tornado hits Wisconsin, damaging or destroying at least 28 homes

EF-3 tornado hits Wisconsin, damaging or destroying at least 28 homes

An EF-3 tornado touched down in Western Wisconsin on the night of September 24, 2019, damaging or destroying at least 28 homes and structures in Chippewa and Dunn counties.

The storms started rolling through into Wisconsin at around 19:00 LT. Aside from the damages to at least 28 residential properties, at least three semi-trailers were overturned along State Highway 29. 15 houses experienced significant damage, while 13 were destroyed. Four of these properties were mobile homes, according to emergency management.

The line of storms headed into Dunn County and north of Elk Mound, and into Chippewa County for a total of 8.8 km (5.5 miles). 

Most significant damage occurred in Wheaton, WI just east of Elk Mound around the intersection of county road M and Wisconsin State Road 29. This area saw entire stands of Pine trees leveled, some stripping of bark from trees, and the destruction of several structures. The destruction of a metal building and significant damage to two nearby homes were consistent with expected damage from winds of EF-3 in strength, NWS said.

Jim Kowalczyk, Chippewa County Sherrif, confirmed that only a few people received minor injuries.

An intense thunderstorm which spawned the tornado formed by 21:00 LT near Augusta.

Governor Tony Evers assessed the damage in Chippewa County on September 25. Officials also extended assistance to affected residents.

Featured image credit: NWS

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