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Weather service confirms EF-1 tornado hit western Wisconsin

A view of tornado damage in Ellsworth June 28, 2017. (Image courtesy CNN)

ELLSWORTH (AP) -- The National Weather Service confirms it was an EF-1 tornado that struck western Wisconsin, damaging houses and injuring one person when a barn collapsed.

The tornado traveled more than 11 miles and packed winds of up to 105 mph.

Weather service meteorologist Michelle Margraf said the tornado struck about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday east of River Falls in Pierce County. The twister damaged several homes, churned up large trees at their roots and flipped vehicles on their side near Martell.


Pierce County emergency manager Gary Brown says the injured person was taken to a hospital, but there's no condition report.


Margraf said another tornado touchdown was reported by law enforcement to the north near Siren in Burnett County about 5 p.m. The tornado damaged a barn and trees.

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