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UPDATE: NWS confirms two tornadoes in Green County

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Courtesy: James Cassidy, taken on Highway 69 near Cold Springs Rd. in Monroe Courtesy: James Cassidy, taken on Highway 69 near Cold Springs Rd. in Monroe

UPDATE (WKOW) -- The National Weather Service (NWS) now confirms two separate tornadoes hit in Green County, near Monticello, Wednesday night.

They say a tornado began near the intersection of Highway 69 and Cold Springs Road and ended near Sulzer and Feld Roads. Along the path, a barn and pole shed were destroyed. Four power poles snapped, four houses were damaged and numerous trees were either snapped or uprooted along the path. They even say a camper rolled into a pond.

Maximum winds reached 105 mph and the path length was approximately 2.1 miles with a width of 300 yards. NWS rated the second tornado as an EF-1 as well.

UPDATE: Third tornado confirmed during last Wednesday's severe weather 

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The National Weather Service (NWS) confirms an EF1 tornado hit Green County Wednesday night.

After a damage survey Thursday morning, the NWS says the tornado was on the ground for about a half-mile about three miles south-southwest of Monticello, packing maximum wind speeds of 100 miles per hour. The width of the twister's path was 150 yards.

The Weather Service says the short-lived tornado hit Faith Engineering, where it damaged the roof of two buildings, broke windows and flipped a trailer. Multiple trees were either snapped or uprooted and a dumpster was lifted and blown across Highway 69.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- After storms swept through southern and central Wisconsin Wednesday night, residents in Green County are beginning to clean-up.

Monroe Fire Chief Dan Smits says two people were inside a badly damaged home along Hwy 69 when a possible tornado touched down.  The individuals were able to make it out safely, because they stayed in a first floor bathroom. Damage was reported to the upper level of their home.

Two barn structures on their property were also damaged in the storm.  One was totally destroyed and the other barn sustained major damage.

A woman on nearby Hwy 69 was taking to the hospital after being found in a ditch in her car a ditch.

No word on the severity of her injuries.

Officials from the National Weather Service (NWS) will be on site Thursday to survey the damage and determine whether it was caused by an actual tornado or straight-line winds.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Highway 69 in Green County is still closed Thursday morning after severe storms rolled through Wednesday evening.

The highway is shut down between Monroe and Monticello, an 11 mile stretch. 

The National Weather Service reports a possible tornado touched down in that area and will be out to assess the damage Thursday starting at 8:00 a.m.

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GREEN COUNTY (WKOW) - The National Weather Service (NWS) reports a possible tornado touched town between Monroe and Monticello along Hwy 69. It all happened just before 7 pm Wednesday evening.

Emergency Management reports roof damage and power polls snapped along Hwy 69. NWS officials will be on site on Thursday to survey the damage and determine whether it was caused by an actual tornado or straight-line winds.

In the meantime, Highway 69 is closed between Monticello and Monroe because of downed power lines and storm debris. The state Department of Transportation says northbound traffic should take County Road Dr. to WIS 59, to County F, back to Highway 69. Southbound traffic should take County Road C to County Road N to WIS 81 to Highway 69.

The Green County Sheriff's Office says the detour could remain in place until around noon on Thursday.

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