Deadly Wisconsin May tornado breaks new record

Posted at 6:11 AM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 12:28:15-04

New information has been released on last week's deadly Wisconsin tornado that killed one person and left more than $10 million in damages.

The National Weather Service has determined the tornado was on the ground in northwest Wisconsin for an incredible 83 miles, making it the longest track tornado in Wisconsin since modern tornado documentation began back in 1950. 

Generally, the average Wisconsin tornado is only on the ground for a few miles. 

The storm produced a strong, long tracked tornado that first developed over southeastern Polk County and then tracked mostly eastward across southern Barron and southern Rusk counties, into southwestern Price county, the National Weather Service says. 
The National Weather Service has also upgraded the tornado that tore through Barron County from an EF-2 to an EF-3.
Newly discovered evidence near Conrath by the National Weather Service suggests peak winds of around 140 mph, or EF-3 strength. A home was completely destroyed, including all interior walls. Debris remained nearby with substantial tree damage noted as well.
The hardest hit areas were just north of Chetek, WI where EF2 damage was found, and in the Conrath
area where the EF-3 damage was found. The rest of the path ranged from EF0 to EF1 with mainly tree damage and mostly minor structural damage.

This is the first EF-3 tornado in the state since the Verona tornado in 2014. 


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