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During the evening of May 16, 2017, thunderstorms developed near a warm front that was slowly pushing north across Wisconsin. The storms produced high winds, large hail, and at least two tornadoes in the state. A large supercell thunderstorm produced a long-track tornado across the western part of Wisconsin, killing one person near Chetek and injuring 25 others. 

Several storms in central and north-central Wisconsin produced damaging winds and hail. A weak tornado uprooted at least 1000 trees south of Rhinelander near the Oneida/Langlade County line. The same thunderstorm produced 2 inch diameter hail near Pelican Lake.

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