NWS confirms tornado in Fond du Lac County
The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in the Village of Brandon in Fond du Lac County Friday afternoon.
The tornado moved through the area, just south of Ripon.
The National Weather Service confirms the tornado touched down around 5:45 p.m. which damaged buildings, power lines and trees.
Right now, NWS is preliminary rating the tornado as an EF-0 with the potential of being a low-end EF-1
Alliant Energies reports more than 600 customers in the area are without power. Officials say power should be restored to most customers soon or in the overnight hours.
At least one Brandon School told FOX 11 it experienced wind damage causing a small section of shingles and roof to be lifted off. Repairs to the school will begin Saturday morning and classes are expected to resume Tuesday.
Roads leading into downtown were closed off while crews examined the damage.
"I was shocked. It's not something you expect to see in your hometown," said Scott Plummer who lives in Brandon.
"There was some downed power lines, trees, roofs taken off, partial roofs taken off," said Nicholas Gosse who lives just outside of the village.
Gosse shared multiple pictures with FOX 11 which showed a number of downed trees and debris in the road.
"Lots of glass, broken windows," Gosse said after he saw some of the buildings in the village.
The damage covers a four to six-block area, according to officials.
"There's several properties that are damaged," said Lt. Michael Nolan with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office.
No injuries have been reported.
FOX 11 was not allowed to see the extent of the damage on Friday evening because of downed power lines.
By Saturday morning, FOX 11's John Doran was able to get closer to the damage.
There were no watches or warnings issued for the area prior.
"As far as major structural damage, we really don't know yet," said Brandon-Fairwater Fire Chief Mark Horvath,
"If you don't reside here, please stay away from the area. Let the emergency crews do their work," Nolan said.
Officials say it will take time to clear away the damage the storm left behind.
"It'll be continuous. There's a lot of debris, shingles, nails, that traveled into the roadway," Nolan said.
The Red Cross is assisting residents.
Laurie VanderJagt with the Red Cross says no residents are without housing at this time.