UPDATE: Tornado caused $1M damage to Colfax schools

UPDATED Tuesday, July 1, 2014 --- 11:25 a.m.

COLFAX, Wis. (AP) -- A weak tornado that struck last week caused more than $1 million in damage to Colfax schools and the district's athletic complex.

The Chippewa Herald (http://bit.ly/1oktt3o ) reports the tornado touched down briefly twice Friday before reaching the building housing the elementary, middle and high schools.

Besides causing significant roof damage to the building, the tornado also took out two storage sheds in the athletic complex as well as damaging fences, dugouts, bleachers, grounds and trees.

A couple of big vent covers were ripped off the school roof, leaving holes for rain to pour into the building. Some carpeting and windows will need to be replaced.

School Superintendent William Yingst says the goal is to repair all the damage before the start of the football season and the new school year.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Saturday, June 27, 2014 --- 7:40 p.m.

From our news partner WEAU in Eau Claire

The National Weather Service has amended it's original results on the tornado that went through Colfax.

It now says the tornado was a weak EF1 category and traveled at 85 to 90 miles per hour.

It was around 100 yards wide at its widest. It says the tornado lasted about five minutes, traveling about 2.5 mph.

The twister went through Colfax around 3:15 Friday afternoon.

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UPDATED Friday, June 27, 2014 -- 6:48 p.m.

COLFAX, Wis. (AP) -- A weak tornado has struck the western Wisconsin village of Colfax, downing trees, tearing roofs off homes and knocking out power.

Police Chief Bill Anderson tells The Associated Press the brief tornado struck without warning "right on main street" around 3:15 p.m. Friday.

Anderson says the tornado damaged a gas station and tore roofs off some houses, but only one family was displaced. No injuries are reported.

The storm also twisted goalposts at the high school football field and ripped venting off the school roof.

National Weather Service technician Ross Carlyon tells the Leader-Telegram it was a "very fast-moving thunderstorm" that briefly dropped a weak tornado.

Colfax is a village of about 1,100 about 75 miles east of Minneapolis. In June of 1958, a deadly tornado nearly obliterated Colfax.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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Posted Friday, June 27, 2014 --- 6:02 p.m.

COLFAX, Wis. (AP) -- The National Weather Service says a weak tornado has struck the western Wisconsin town of Colfax, but damage reports are minor.

Law enforcement tells the weather service the tornado damaged a gas station and knocked down trees Friday afternoon. No injuries are reported.

Weather service technician Ross Carlyon tells the Leader-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1lVVTAF ) the tornado hit without warning. Carlyon says it was a "very fast-moving thunderstorm" that briefly dropped a weak tornado.

The tornado hit around 3:15 p.m.

Colfax is a town of about 1,100 about 75 miles east of Minneapolis.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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