UPDATE: Tornado caused $18.6 million in damage at UW-Platteville

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 2, 2015---9:17 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A final tally shows a tornado that struck the UW-Platteville campus nearly a year ago caused $18.6 million in damage.

The school released the final damage numbers on Tuesday.

The tornado hit the campus on June 16, 2014, breaking windows, destroying roofs, downing trees and bending light towers at the sports stadium. The twister caused $7.3 million in damage to Bridgeway Commons, $4.8 million in damage to Rountree Commons and $1.8 million to Southwest Hall. All three buildings are dorms.

The tornado caused $1.8 million in damage to Engineering Hall, a classroom building, and $1.7 million in damage to the stadium.

The university plans to mark the one-year anniversary of the tornado with a free gallery exhibit in Ullsvik Hall on June 16.

Copyright 2015: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 18, 2014 --- 5:00 p.m.

Here is the latest information from the WI Emergency Operations Center on Monday night and Tuesday morning's storms.

Officials at Country View Elementary School estimate the cost to repair storm damage will be between $3 million and $4 million.

Contractors have already begun the clean-up process and hope to have repairs completed by the first day of school on September 2nd.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 18, 2014 --- 2:22 p.m.

From the WI Emergency Operations Center:

The National Weather Service now confirms six tornadoes touched down across southern Wisconsin during the late evening and early morning hours of June 16-17, 2014.

Two (2) EF-1 and EF-3 tornados in Dane County.

Two (2) EF-1 and EF-2 tornadoes in Grant County.

Two (2) EF-1 tornadoes in Green County.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 17, 2014 --- 5:11 p.m.

The National Weather Service confirms a EF2 tornado did touch down on Madison's west side around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday.

They say winds reached 120 miles per hour.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 17, 2014 --- 4:39 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Residents are cleaning up after at least three tornadoes ripped across southern Wisconsin, tearing roofs off homes and damaging the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus.

State emergency managers say Platteville apparently was hit by two tornadoes. A report from Wisconsin's Emergency Operations Center says a "low-end" EF2 tornado with winds up to 120 mph ran through the UW-Platteville campus.

A "high-end" EF1 tornado with winds up to 105 mph struck near the Platteville Golf and Country Club, knocking down trees and tearing the roof off an apartment.

The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in northwest Verona. At least 30 homes in Verona had major damage. A wall partially collapsed at Country View Elementary School.

In Madison, at least 29 homes had major damage and 150 had minor damage.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 17, 2014 --- 2:02 p.m.

The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes hit Platteville. The information from their initial report is detailed below:

2 Tornadoes

#1: Tornadic damage has been identified on the UW-Platteville campus. Preliminary information is a "low-end" EF2 tornado with 120 mph max wind speed. Track was about 2 miles west of Platteville, running through the UW Platteville campus, to 2 miles southeast of Plattevile, ending right before U.S. Highway 151. The EF2 damage occurred near the Engineering buildings on the UW Platteville campus.

#2: Tornadic damage has been identified near the Platteville Golf and Country Club. Preliminary information is a "high-end" EF1 tornado with 105 mph max wind speed. Track was about 1/2 mile long with a 50 yard width. Damage includes some trees knocked down and a roof off an apartment.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 17, 2014 --- 12:28 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State emergency managers say five people were hurt by flying glass when severe storms moved through southern Wisconsin.

A report from Wisconsin's Emergency Operations Center says the five were injured in and around Platteville. One person was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The powerful line of storms generated straight line winds and heavy rain. Nineteen homes are uninhabitable in Verona and 150 additional houses sustained minor damage. In Madison, at least 16 homes have severe damage. Several barns were blown down and homes damaged in Green County's York Township.

The National Weather Service says radar showed a rotation over northern Lafayette and southern Iowa counties about 11 p.m. Monday. Forecasters say a possible tornado initially touched down near Mineral Point, lifted and touched down a number of times between New Glarus and Verona.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 17, 2014 --- 11:54 a.m.

The Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center has released its first report on Monday night and Tuesday morning's storm damage. Here is a rundown:

Platteville: Five people were injured by flying glass when the storm blew out windows in homes around Platteville. One victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment. UW Platteville is closed today. Officials say several campus buildings have extensive structural damage.

Verona: At least 19 homes are damaged and uninhabitable with 150 other homes suffering minor damage. There’s also extensive damage to Country View Elementary where a wall partially collapsed. The Salvation Army established an emergency shelter at Memorial Baptist Church. Three families are currently using that shelter. The Red Cross assisted two other families with housing and other emergency needs.

Madison: At least 16 homes suffered severe damage on the southwest side and the near east side.

Green County: Several barns were blown down and homes damaged in York Township which is in the northern part of the county. Many trees and power lines are down in Juda and Brodhead.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 17, 2014 --- 6:50 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Severe storms with dangerous winds tore roofs off houses in southern Wisconsin and blew down part of an elementary school, but there are no reports of serious injuries.

Dane County emergency managers say there have been about 250 reports of storm damage, including 15 homes in Verona that sustained severe damage. The Salvation Army set up a shelter at Memorial Baptist Church for displaced Verona residents.

Utility crews worked to restore power to thousands of people who lost service in the storms.

The National Weather Service says a tornado likely moved from Green County into southern Dane County shortly after midnight Tuesday.

At least five buildings were damaged on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus. Administrators say the university will be closed Tuesday and only essential employees should report to work.

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Tuesday June 17, 2014

DANE COUNTY, Wis.--- A night of severe weather left damage in several counties.

For much of late Monday night, Dane County was under a Tornado Warning. There were reports of two tornadoes, one in Madison that did damage in the Shorewood Hills neighborhood.

In Verona there was damage to Country View Elementary. There is also damage near Cross Country Rd and Tamarack.

Across Madison there are numerous reports of damage from wind and falling trees.

UW-Platteville is closed today because of storm damage. There will be no classes Tuesday and the university is closed to the public. Only essential employees will work.

Platteville police say Platteville High School is an emergency shelter for people who were displaced by storm damage.

There were dozens of reports of damage to business and homes in Platteville.

Thousands of Alliant Energy customers have been without power during the night.


Country View Elementary in Verona
Photo by Heather (UW-Platteville)