MARQUETTE COUNTY (WKOW)-- The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado traveled through parts of Marquette County Saturday night. As of 5:30 pm Sunday, they not had determined an EF rating for the tornado. They are still analyzing damage photos sent by homeowners and emergency management officials.
The sheriff's office started getting calls about funnel clouds just before 6:30 Saturday night. Minutes later officials on scene noticed a few damaged homes and decided to trigger the warning sirens in the county. By that time the tornado had already passed through.
The National Weather Service says the tornado was too weak and sporadic to show up on their radar. Dozens of homeowners in the area were caught off guard when the tornado came through.
"I said holy cow it is a tornado and then we saw the big trees go up. I said it's time for the basement," homeowner Curtis McQueen says. "We grabbed the dog. The neighbor grabbed his cell phone and called his wife right next door to tell her to get to the basement."
The most significant damage was a car parked in one homeowners drive that was destroyed by a falling tree. A handful of homeowners had damaged roofs and torn up trees. An unoccupied home and a few farm buildings were also damaged.
Emergency management officials don't have any estimates about how much damage was caused in Marquette County. They do know that there were no injuries or deaths in the county.
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