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Strong to Severe Storms Possible Later Today

A potent spring storm will bring swaths of rain, strong to severe storms, and winds gusting as high as 45 mph to the region today into tonight. If you have outdoor plans, stay weather aware! Be ready to shelter indoors if a storm should near your location. Read More >

  LaFayette WI (Monroe County) tornado - F0

On Friday, September 7, 2001, a line of thunderstorms moved into western Monroe County and produced a small tornado touchdown between Cataract and Sparta, WI. The tornado, rated F-0 on the Fujita Scale, tracked through a grove of trees about 3 miles southeast of Cataract and hit a mobile home along County Road Q.

The mobile home was demolished, injuring a woman who was inside at the time the storm struck. The mobile home was not tied down and sitting on blocks. Debris was thrown into nearby trees and down wind at least a quarter-mile. Time of the tornado was approx. 630 pm.

Damage from thunderstorms was also reported in the La Crosse, WI area and on the northwest side of Necedah, WI (Juneau County).


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View of a mobile home destroyed by the tornado.

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Note that the trailer was not tied down. Also, notice the shed in the distance without any damage.

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Another view of the destruction.

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A piece of plywood thrown into the ground by the twister.