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New Tornado Path Record Set in Wisconsin

24 May 2017, 9:59 am

A powerful thunderstorm tracked across northwest Wisconsin during the early evening of May 16th. The storm produced a strong, 83 mile long track tornado which affected 4 counties. This is the longest track tornado ever to have occurred in Wisconsin since official National Weather Service records which began in 1950.

[Credit: YouTube/Branden Bodendorfer via Storyful]

[Radar image from National Weather Service in Chanhassen, MN at 5:30 p.m., May 16th]

The tornado first developed over southeastern Polk County, east of Clear Lake, then tracked mostly eastward across southern Barron and southern Rusk counties, to the southwest part of Price County.  One hard hit area occurred just north of Chetek, WI where high-end EF2 damage was found. The greatest damage that was observed occurred north of the Village of Conrath, Rusk County. A family home was completely collapsed down to the foundation and was rated EF-3 (140 mph). The remainder of the tornadoes path ranged from EF0 to EF1 with mainly tree damage, and mostly minor structural damage.

One person died and 25 were injured from the tornado. It was on the ground for 84 minutes, from 5:42 p.m. to 7:06 p.m. The Barron County Sheriff’s department says initial damage estimates are near $10 million dollars with 231 homes and 4 commercial properties damaged in the county.

[Damage near Chetek, WI. Credit: National Weather Service Chanhassen, MN]

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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