Monday Night Storm: Damage in Lafayette County

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 22, 2010 --- 6:20 p.m.

From the Nat'l Weather Service:

Another survey crew found a tornado touchdown in Lafayette county. Weak EF1 in strength. Tornado Path is about 3 miles in length. Width varied from 25 to 75 yards. Winds 90 to 95 mph. Started at 7:39 PM, 4.5 miles SE of Darlington, just southwest of the intersection of Walnut Rd. and Pecatonica Rd. It lifted at 7:45 PM, 2 miles WNW of Wiota, just north of Walnut Rd, 1/2 mile east of Tish Rd. On the ground for 1 mile, lifted then several brief touchdowns for the next 2 miles.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 --- 2:30 a.m.

There is major storm damage reported in Lafayette County.

The Sheriff's Office says that on Monday night around 7:30 the storms turned into an apparent tornado near Darlington, and continued into Wiota Township.

Buildings and trees were damaged but there were no reports of injuries.

One man had a roof and door completely blown off a shed on his land. As the storm came, he had to think fast to get to safety.

"I ran into the milking parlor and dove underneath the overhang...were the cows were standing," says Bob Fitzsimons. "I thought I was going to die. I thought everything was going to be taken above my head. I was just waiting for it to come because it sounded like a freight train."

On Walnut Road, near Darlington, a 100-year-old windmill came down. Also near there: a boat ended up in a corn field.

Lafayette County Highway Department crews and township road crews were called out to remove trees from some roadways.

They are working on the final damage assessment.

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UPDATED Monday, June 21, 2010 --- 10:35 p.m.

From the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office:

At approximately 7:29 p.m., a thunderstorm system developed into apparent tornado activity in an area southeast of the city of Darlington and continuing into Wiota Township.

The Lafayette County Sheriff's 911 Center received numerous reports of funnel cloud activity and dispatchers alerted several fire department to serve as storm spotters.

At this time, a preliminary rapid damage assessment by Lafayette County Emergency Management and sheriff's deputies indicates building and tree damage at approximately 15 locations in Darlington and Wiota Townships.

A storage barn located on Tish Road in Wiota Township was completely
destroyed.

There have been no reports of injuries associated with this storm as of this time.

Lafayette County Highway Department crews and township road crews were called out to remove trees from some roadways. The damage assessment will continue.


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