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UPDATE: NWS ranks tornado in Columbia County as EF-0

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UPDATE (WKOW) - National Weather Service (NWS) officials were near Poynette Sunday morning surveying damage from a tornado that touched down Saturday at 5:20 pm in a field near Highway B and Dunning Road.

The NWS says the tornado was an EF-0, the weakest possible ranking, with estimated peak winds of 65 mph and a maximum width of 50 yards. It was nearly stationary, only traveling 0.1 miles, and dissipated after being on the ground for two minutes. No one was injured.

The tornado was associated with a long-lived storm that stayed over Columbia County for around three hours Saturday afternoon. There were multiple reports of trees falling and downed power lines through Portage, Poynette and the Rio areas. Large hail was also reported, as big as golf ball-size near Poynette.

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POYNETTE (WKOW) - The National Weather Service says a tornado briefly touched down Saturday evening in rural Columbia County.

It happened just before 5:30 pm, four miles northeast of Poynette near the intersection of Hwy B and Dunning Road.

Jon Eckhoff and his family live near that intersection and said they got calls from family telling them to take shelter.

Eckhoff said he never saw the funnel cloud himself but at the height of the storm he says he did see spinning in his yard.

"[There was] lots of heavy lightning, lots of close lightning, a ton of rain," he said. "We got somewhere three plus inches here. We had some heavy winds at the end probably 15 to 20 minutes ago that spun the grill on our deck a little bit."

The NWS says near that intersection there is tree damage, but do not report any injuries with this twister. They said it lasted about three to four minutes.

This storm also produced up to golf ball-sized hail and heavy downpours.

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