December 21, 2014

Possible tornado hits Grant County

Counties across southern parts of Wisconsin are doing some clean-up today, after severe weather rumbled across the region overnight.

Todd Pritchard with Wisconsin Emergency Management says several counties are reporting downed power lines and trees from the high winds. Officials are also investigating a possible tornado in Grant County, which destroyed or damage multiple buildings. The tornado was reported on the ground near Patch Grove and the Town of Bloomington.

No injuries from the storms have been reported.

Lightning strikes may have played a major role in some of the damage as well. Pritchard says there were several 911 calls reporting homes or trees that were hit during a storm that frequently lit up the sky.

Pritchard says it’s a reminder that severe weather is still a threat and “just because we’re past Labor Day, it doesn’t mean we’re out of the tornado season.” He says the state has seen these types of storms as late as November so people should continue to pay attention to severe weather reports and local alerts. Pritchard says having a weather radio in your home can also alert you to dangerous storms in the area.

Officials are tracking another line of storms that could produce more severe weather later today.

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-2 tornado touched down in Grant County Tuesday night. The twister destroyed a home and damaged at least four other buildings.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (:51)