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UPDATE: Three tornadoes confirmed in Tuesday-Wednesday storms

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The National Weather Service (NWS) now says there were three confirmed tornadoes in Wisconsin.

The first hit northwest of Cream in Buffalo County. The NWS gave it an EF-1 rating, with estimated peak winds of 100 miles per hour. This twister destroyed a farm building and blew down some trees.

The second tornado also touched down in Buffalo County. This one was north of Waumandee and hit shortly after the tornado that touched down near Cream. The NWS also rated this one as an EF-1, with estimated peak winds of 105 miles per hour. Officials say the tornado destroyed the second floor of a hunting building.

The third tornado hit near the community of Retreat in Vernon County. It was on the ground for about one-and-a-half miles with peak winds hitting 80 miles per hour. The National Weather Service gave the twister an EF-0 rating.

There are no reports of any injuries in connection with these tornadoes.


WISCONSIN (WKOW) -- Communities throughout southern Wisconsin were hit hard by a storm that hit Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

Madison's west side was hit hard by the storm. A tree fell onto a home on Tokay Boulevard and the neighborhood near Memorial High School was littered with toppled trees and large branches.

Many homeowners didn't know how bad it was until they got up on Wednesday morning.

"I get up early at like 4:30, had my coffee and came out to go to boot camp and I couldn't leave because the tree was on my car," said Cathy Vanleuven of Madison.

Communities in Rock County were also hit hard by the storm.

A 100-year-old tree that fell in Evansville, squashed a car like a monster truck.

According to the National Weather Service, the damage was caused by straight-line winds. Richard Nimz says he was awake when all of a sudden he heard the wind pick up in an instant.

"At 12:20, I heard the wind come up. I went to my living room window and watched the trees that weren't down, bend over and I just happened to look to my right and saw the big tree fall over," said Nimz.

According to the National Weather Service, this storm created at least three confirmed tornadoes, two in Buffalo County, Wisconsin and one in Wabasha County, Minnesota.

Both of the photos from the National Weather Service were taken near the community of Cream, south of Eau Claire, the location of both confirmed EF-1 tornadoes in Wisconsin.

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