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Damaging Tornadoes Strike the Midwest Wednesday

29 Jun 2017, 6:09 pm

Several National Weather Service offices are conducting storm surveys following more than 2 dozen tornado reports yesterday in the Upper Midwest.

[Credit: KARE-TV]

Our WeatherNation affiliate KARE-TV says at least one person has been injured and one tornado touchdown has been confirmed in Pierce County, Wisconsin. There were reports of a number of trees and power lines down in the area, along with significant damage to homes. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen, MN has rated the tornado at EF1 strength with peak winds of 105 mph. The tornado path was 11.7 miles from Ellsworth to Spring Valley, WI.

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities is still conducting surveying the damage from an EF2 tornado that touched down east of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in Linn County. One person was reported injured, according to the Linn County Sheriff Department. The tornado produced significant structure damage and widespread power outages.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports “the most damage from the tornado that originated near Central City and then headed northeast through Prairieburg.” Events were cancelled at the Linn County Fair.

Multiple teams from the National Weather Service in Des Moines have been surveying damage in Central Iowa after several tornado touchdowns on Wednesday. An EF0 rating was given to a touchdown in Stuart, with EF1 ratings on tornadoes in Pleasantville, Bedford, Carbon, and Greenfield.

Wind speeds on the Central Iowa tornadoes were between 80 and 100 mph. The longest path was 18 miles from Pleasantville to Otley. The other paths ranged from 6 to 11 miles across Adair, Marion, and Warren counties.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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