National Weather Service confirms 16 tornadoes

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FOND DU LAC COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Update: The National Weather Service extended the Alto tornado (#5) path from 1.17 to 2.02 miles long

Aerial photo of destroyed barn
SkyView 2 aerial view of damage along Fond du Lac County tornado's path (WBAY photo)

The National Weather Service has so far confirmed 16 tornadoes hit the state on Tuesday, August 28, after surveying more damage sites Thursday. The weather service says there is still at least one more site it needs to look at.


  • Tornado #1: 3:00 p.m. - EF-1 in Oxford (Marquette County), maximum 50 yards wide, path 0.65 miles long, 90 MPH peak winds

  • Tornado #2: 3:03 p.m. EF-1 in Endeavor (Marquette County),max. 75 yards wide, path 1.80 miles long, 90 MPH peak winds

  • Tornado #3: 3:17 p.m. - EF-1 west of Marquette (Green Lake County), max. 90 yards wide, 3.22 miles long, 90 MPH winds

  • Tornado #4: 3:25 p.m. - EF-0 east of Marquette (Green Lake County), max. 50 yards wide, 2.09 miles long, 80 MPH winds

  • Tornado #5: 3:58 p.m. - EF-1 in Alto (Fond du Lac County), max. 175 yards wide, 2.02 miles long, 100 MPH winds

  • Tornado #6: 4:04 p.m. - EF-1 southwest of Oakfield (Fond du Lac County), 100 yards wide, 4.54 miles long, 94 MPH winds

  • Tornado #7: 4:08 p.m. - EF-0 south of Oakfield (Fond du Lac County), max. 50 yards wide, 0.14 miles long, 80 MPH winds

  • Tornado #8: 4:09 p.m. - EF-1 southwest of South Byron (Fond du Lac County), max. 100 yards wide, 0.92 miles long, 100 MPH winds

  • Tornado #9: 4:11 p.m. - EF-2 west of Brownsville (Fond du Lac County), max. 150 yards wide, 3.95 miles long, 125 MPH winds

  • Tornado #10: 4:11 p.m. - EF-1 in South Byron (Fond du Lac County), max. 80 yards wide, 0.15 miles long, 94 MPH winds

  • Tornado #11: 4:12 p.m. - EF-1 in Brownsville (Fond du Lac County), max. 100 yards wide, 2.7 miles long, 107 MPH winds

  • Tornado #12: 4:16 p.m. - EF-1 in South Byron (Fond du Lac County), max. 100 yards wide, 3.05 miles long, 90 MPH winds

  • Tornado #13: 4:22 p.m. - EF-1 in Eden (Fond du Lac County), max. 90 yards wide, 4.48 miles long, 90 MPH winds

  • Tornado #14: 4:30 p.m. - EF-0 in Dundee (Fond du Lac County), max. 80 yards wide, 0.04 miles long, 80 MPH winds

  • Tornado #15: 4:33 p.m. - EF-1 on Calumet-Manitowoc county line, max. 75 yards wide, 0.9 miles long, 90 MPH winds

  • Tornado #16: 4:57 p.m. - EF-0 in Oostburg (Sheboygan County), max. 75 yards wide, 0.3 miles long, 80 MPH winds

Farmers, homeowners and business owners have a lot of work ahead of them after an outbreak of tornadoes left a path of damage from Marquette County to Fond du Lac County.

Gov. Scott Walker toured damage in the community of Brownsville, located in Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties. Brownsville's tornado was the strongest, rating an EF-2 with peak winds of 125 mph.

The twister was on the ground for 3.95 miles with a maximum width of 150 yards.

The governor says storm victims will be able to get assistance. He says the most important thing they can do is document the damage.

"Right now get safe, work on recovery, and document. Let us know through local government as much of that damage as possible," Walker says.

The tornadoes are particularly devastating for farmers.

"And then for our farmers who are already facing some unique challenges just with prices when it comes to dairy and when it comes to other crops and commodities, we want to make sure we get them all the help and assistance they get," Walker said.

The governor says he will request a federal disaster declaration--but that's not guaranteed. However, there are other options for victims.

"There are different pots. There's FEMA money which more often than not is directly for, if we were to get a declaration -- I say if because it's a high bar--that would be typically for personal property, homes and damage in that regard.

"There's the Small Business Administration and others that can provide assistance for businesses. And then there's some crop damage assistance that can be provided."

The governor says victims should report their damage to their local municipality or county emergency management. They can call 211 and be put in touch with the proper authorities.

"I said it's heartbreaking to see the damage over the last week. I've hugged a lot of people and I feel the trembling so I get and understand whether its flood damage, tornado damage, wind damage. I get it. It's your home. It's not just a minor incident. It's a disaster," Walker said.

Walker also praised community members who have come to the assistance of their neighbors.

The Lomira football team and wresting team are helping in Brownsville.

"They asked if they wanted help and I said yes, please. So they came with chainsaws and a bunch of kids. They helped me, they helped the lady next door" said Joann Guoin of Brownsville.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind and U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman have all called on President Donald Trump to give federal help to Wisconsin residents impacted by recent severe weather.



 
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