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UPDATE: National Weather Service says tornadoes caused damage in Iowa and Wisconsin

Kaitlyn Riley

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Several farm buildings, trees, and a home were damaged as a tornado hit Grant County Saturday night.

The National Weather Service said a nearly 7-mile tornado track went from one mile north of Potosi to two miles west/northwest of Ellenboro. The EF-1 tornado came through from 8:35-8:40 p.m. reaching peak winds of 100 mph.

Henry Frear shared photos of an old barn on their property that collapsed in the storm.

Frear said they consider themselves lucky as several other families still active in production agriculture had severe damage. He noted a neighbor whose feedlot was hit as well as another who had a shed strewn across the roadway.

No injuries have been reported.

The National Weather Service also announced a rain-wrapped tornado formed near the Fayette Co. line south of Oelwein around 6:33 p.m. Saturday and went northeast into the west side of the city.

That tornado caused damage to apartment buildings and trees.

Meteorologists said that tornado may have traveled up to seven miles northeast of Maynard, Iowa. That EF-1 storm hit peak winds of 107 mph.


A powerful storm ripped through southwest Wisconsin Saturday night with heavy rain and strong winds that damaged homes and brought down farm buildings.

A great place for solar panels. One mile from Rockville. We lucked out on tornado damage the best we can tell.

Posted by How Farms Work on Saturday, March 28, 2020

An initial assessment from Grant County Emergency Management showed damage started near the intersection of Seemore Ridge Road and Stage Road north of Potosi. The last damage report was on Hudson Hollow Road south of Lancaster, according to Steve Braun, Grant County Emergency Management department head.

Braun reported multiple farm buildings down on Stage Road, a small barn down along Hwy. 61, and farm buildings down near Hwy. 61 and Substation Road.

Additionally, a house was damaged on Seemore Ridge Road. Trees and debris were reported over Hudson Hollow Road.

There are no known injuries at this time. Braun said damage assessment would continue Sunday morning.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in both radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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