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Storm Mode: Tornadoes Sighted In Columbia County, Grant County

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UPDATED Thursday, July 8, 2010 --- 1:05 p.m.

From the National Weather Service:
Results from the Columbia County damage survey.

Strength: EF1.

Length: 4 miles: from 2.5 miles southwest of Cambria to 2.1 miles east, southeast of Cambria.

Max. Width: 150 yards.

Time: 6:27 p.m. to 6:41 p.m.

Tornado touched down at 6:27 p.m. southwest of Cambria where most of the damage occurred. One barn had all 4 walls down near the start of the tornado track. Several uprooted trees were found. One other pole shed was destroyed. Additionally, approximately 15 acres of corn were flattened in one field. Two wheat fields also had some damage.

Most of the damage occurred along the first half of the tornado path. The second half of the track had sporadic damage.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 8, 2010 --- 10:45 a.m.

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) -- Strong thunderstorms brought a deluge of rain to southern Wisconsin, produced at least one tornado and left thousands without power.

In Columbia County, the emergency management office says a tornado Wednesday evening destroyed some farm buildings near the Village of Cambria, but no injuries were reported.

About 8,000 We Energies customers lost power during the storms when lightning struck power poles and trees. Utility spokesman Brian Manthey said Thursday power has been restored to all customers.

The National Weather Service says more than 3 and a-half inches of rain fell in Kenosha County in 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon. Flooding was reported from Brown to Milwaukee counties.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 --- 10:15 p.m.
REPORTER: Chris Woodard

There were some scary moments in Cambria tonight as a tornado rips through a farm.

The Hendrickson family is understandably shaken tonight.

Out of nowhere this tornado appeared right on top of them. With two buildings torn down and most others damaged there's a lot of clean up to do.

Son Chris says he was in the barn doing chores when his dad came in and told him he saw circular motions in the sky.

The two ran inside and within seconds the storm was on top of them.

They came back outside to see a shed was torn down, calf barn ripped down and some calf huts were thrown so far they haven't even found them.

The tornado even shifted the garage off it's foundation and ripped a few parts off their trucks.

Somehow no one was hurt and all the animals are OK.

Chris Hendrickson says, "It's only structural damage. We're all OK, just shaken, no broken bones. You always hear it's like a train but it was such heavy wind I don't know what to equate it to. It was scary but it was over so quick so I just tried to get video."

According to Columbia County Emergency Management this farm is the only report of damage and there were no reports of injuries.

Patrick Beghin says, "We got lucky in the respect that glanced off the buildings here and then took a path that it didn't hit any other homes."

Within seconds of the tornado leaving the Hendrickson's say there were dozens of family members and neighbors there to help them with the clean up.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 7, 2010 --- 9:00 p.m.
From the Columbia County Emergency Management Office:

PORTAGE: At approximately 6:30 p.m., today's date, a call came into the Columbia County Dispatch Center reporting that a multi-vortex tornado was spotted on Jones Drive southwest of the Village of Cambria. The tornado destroyed some farm buildings. No injuries were reported. The Columbia County Sheriff's Department and the Columbia County Emergency Management responded to the scene.

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