Tornado hits southwest Wisconsin, tearing roofs off homes, downing trees

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Monday, June 30, 2014

A tornado that roared through Iowa County late Sunday tore roofs off houses, felled hundreds of trees and downed multiple silos.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down about 7 miles southeast of Spring Green and 10 miles northeast of Dodgeville. Reports of heavy rain — between an inch and two inches fell in 20 minutes in Columbia County — were widespread across southern Wisconsin.

The strong storm system that moved across Iowa County prompted a tornado warning from 10:09 p.m. until 11 p.m. and a second warning that extended to eastern Iowa and western Dane counties until 11:15 p.m.

Multiple homes were severely damaged in the City of Fennimore, with at least four farm buildings destroyed on Tormey Road, according to Grant County Emergency Management. Several trees fell on a house on Highway Q between Switzer and Tormey roads, but the residents were not injured and were assisted by the Fennimore Fire Department.

More information is expected Monday as the damage is surveyed in daylight. No injuries have been reported.

In mid-June, tornadoes touched down in Dane, Grant and Green counties, prompting Gov. Scott Walker to declare a state of emergency for those areas.

This year had been one of the latest starts to the tornado season in Wisconsin. Since 1950, when the National Weather Service began tracking the statistic, the first tornado was recorded on a later date only five times.

The most common month for tornadoes in Wisconsin is June, according to data from the Storm Prediction Center. A total of 1,255 tornadoes have touched down from 1954 to 2012 — and 361 of them occurred in June.

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