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UPDATE: Reports of tornado touchdowns in Adams Co.

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UNDATED (WKOW) -- There is aid in place for victims of Sunday night's tornado in Adams County.

If you are a property owner impacted and need a wristband to get on your property -- go to the Adams County Community Center and bring proof of your property address such as a tax bill or electric bill. It's open until 9:00 p.m. Monday and from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Dinner is available from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and breakfast Tuesday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. for affected property owners, wearing wristbands, at Pineland School located at 1070 St. on Highway 13.

For more information, contact Adams County Emergency Management at 608-339-4526 or at http://www.co.adams.wi.gov.


UNDATED (WKOW) --  Crews are assessing damage from potentially two unconfirmed tornadoes in the area of Big Flats/Cottonville and Arkdale Sunday night.

According to Wisconsin Emergency Management spokeswoman Lori Getter, the damaged area stretches about 15 miles.

Sunday evening, Adams County Emergency Management was setting up an emergency command post. Roads were blocked off at the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 21 in Adams County.

Officials were trying to determine the extent of the damage but they said it was substantial. They described roofs off homes, structures demolished, some structures even missing.

Officials were working to shut off power in Cottonville Sunday evening because of downed power lines.

Emergency Management and Adams County Sheriff's Department officials set up an emergency shelter for those affected in Adams Friendship at the Community Center there.

Damage stretched across north central Wisconsin.

In Marathon County, damages are reported from the Town of Holton more or less along County FF to U.S. 51. Emergency management reports one house damaged as well as a shed and barns in the Hamburg area on either side of Cty FF. Trees and power lines are down in the area.

In Lincoln County, all lanes are affected in both directions of WIS 64 at CTY K due to tornado damage in the City of Merrill.

Getter says there are also reports of hail damage, downed power lines and trees, as well as some damaged homes.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Rough weather moved across Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon and evening, damaging homes, barns, power lines and trees.

We are hearing reports of structural damage near Cottonville and Arkdale, just north of Friendship in Adams County.

Adams County dispatch confirms there have been no injuries.

27 News has a crew on the way, and will bring you the latest as it develops.

In Wisconsin, a Lincoln County sheriff's dispatcher says several homes were seriously damaged by a reported tornado touchdown shortly after 6 p.m. in the northern town of Merrill, about 15 miles north of Wausau. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The weather service says two or three homes were damaged and a barn was reported destroyed shortly before 7 p.m. by a possible tornado near Hamburg in Marathon County.

Three barns were blown down and a mobile home was knocked off its foundation by high winds in Houston County of far southeastern Minnesota. Kurt Kuhlers, the county's emergency management director, says there's no confirmation of a tornado in the county.

Tornado Watch for Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Grant, Green Lake, Iowa, Juneau, Marquette, Richland and Sauk County in WI until 11:00pm.

Rough weather is moving east across Wisconsin, triggering several warnings.

Golf ball sized was reported at the National Weather Service office in La Crosse. A spotter reported a funnel cloud south of Foster in Eau Claire County shortly after 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

A spotter in Trempealeau County reported lots of windows broken and cars dented from what appeared to be wind-blown debris around 5 p.m. in Osseo.

Officials reported a possible tornado in Houston County of far southeastern Minnesota. The weather service received a report of several trees down along County Road 19 near Black Hammer just after 4:30 p.m. A deputy was sent to investigate.

Also in Houston County, law enforcement reported a barn down and a trailer blown off its foundation five miles north of Caledonia.

Tornado warnings have been issued throughout the evening in western and northwestern Wisconsin.

When a tornado warning is issued based on radar it means that strong rotation has been detected in the storm. A tornado may already be on the ground... or is expected to develop shortly. 

A tornado watch remains in effect until 11:00 PM Sunday evening for Northwestern Wisconsin.


DANE CO (WKOW) --  27 Storm Track Meteorologists are tracking a storm system set to push through south central Wisconsin and southern Wisconsin Sunday late afternoon and evening.

Sunday will be warmer and humid, with a high of 82. Thunderstorms are expected to develop late in the afternoon in southwestern Wisconsin.

This air mass will be unstable, and as a cool front plows into this air from the west this afternoon scattered thunderstorms will develop late this afternoon in southwest Wisconsin.

 These storms will over spread the rest of southern Wisconsin this evening. There is a moderate risk that these storms will be severe over most of Wisconsin and the Channel 27 viewing area.

Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are all possible. The 27 Storm Track Team will keep a close high on this potentially dangerous situation and keep you updated.

Strong storms hit parts of the Midwest Saturday evening. A tornado destroyed downtown buildings and flattened a grain elevator in the small western Iowa town of Mapleton but no serious injuries have been reported.

Thomas Mohrhauser, an attorney who lives in the town of about 1,200 people, says the tornado damaged commercial buildings and homes, knocked down a grain elevator and tore the roof off the high school.

National Weather Service meteorologist Van DeWald confirmed Mapleton received "quite a bit of damage."

Frank Boksa, a weather service meteorologist in Johnston, says another tornado touched down near the Sac County town of Early, but little damage was reported.

A nurse says three people were treated for minor injuries at Burgess Health Center in Onawa.

Back here at home, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Wisconsin River below Stevens Point in Portage County.

At 7:10 AM Sunday, the stage was 1077 feet in Portage County. Flood state is 1076 feet. Weather spotters report widespread flooding of wooded lowland.

The Wisconsin River at Columbia County is expected to rise more than a foot above flood state by Monday.

Stay tuned to www.wkow.com for the latest on this developing story.

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