Western Wisconsin tornado tracked 83 miles, longest in modern history

CHETEK, Wis. (WBAY) - A tornado that devastated communities in western Wisconsin May 16 tracked for 83 miles, the longest tornado to hit the state since modern documentation began in 1950.

The National Weather Service Twin Cities says the twister has been upgraded to an EF-3 with wind speeds up to 140 mph.

Damage estimates continue to grow. Rusk County officials say they received more than $400,000 in damage reports so far, and they expect that amount to continue to grow over the next several days.

In Barron County, officials are estimating between $10 million and $12 million in damage after a tornado ripped through the area, destroying a trailer park in Chetek, killing one person.

Officials continue their calls for volunteers to help with the cleanup.