2 tornadoes confirmed in Platteville, 5 injured
Trees on top of houses
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — State emergency managers say five people were hurt by flying glass when severe storms moved through southern Wisconsin.
A report from Wisconsin’s Emergency Operations Center says the five were injured in and around Platteville. One person was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes, and EF1 and EF2, struck Platteville.
The EF2 tornado recorded 120 mph winds that tracked about 2 miles west of Platteville, running through the UW-Platteville campus, according to a release. Damage caused by the EF2 tornado happened near the engineering buildings on the campus.
The EF1 tornado was identified near the Platteville Golf and Country Club, according to a release. The half mile long and 50-yard-wide tornado caused damage to trees and took the roof off of an apartment.
Residents on the south side of the city near Harrison Park said they barely had time to react before the storm hit.
“I was watching the lightning out of my bedroom window, and I heard what sounded like a freight train and I threw the blanket over my wife and the windows exploded,” Mitchell Ivanov said. “As soon as the glass stopped, we threw it off and went down stairs and grabbed our kids, and we got them downstairs to the basement. Once they were secure we came out and tried to do whatever we could to help out.”
Gov. Scott Walker toured the area to assess the damage and talk to residents who, for the most part, were unharmed during the tornadoes.
The city hopes to restore power by the end of Tuesday night to the 95 percent of the area that has been without electricity since the tornadoes hit.
A release from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville said because of extensive damage from strong storms the campus was closed Tuesday.
Classes are canceled, and the campus will be closed to the public on Wednesday, according to a release. All employees are expected to report as scheduled. Employees scheduled to work in Engineering Hall should report to Ullsvik 1320 after 8 a.m.
New student registration has been postponed, and the Pioneer Activity Center is closed, officials said. The tornado damaged Engineering Hall, Rountree Commons, Bridgeway Commons, Southwest Hall, the greenhouse and Pioneer Stadium.
No major injuries on the UW-Platteville campus have been reported.
Trees were reported down on top of houses in Platteville just before 11 p.m., with one injury reportedly caused by flying glass when windows were blown out.
Over 100 volunteers have come to help with cleaning up the area, and officials said shifts are still available for volunteers who want to help Wednesday morning. Volunteers should report to the Platteville High School at 9 a.m.
Forecasters said a possible tornado initially touched down near Mineral Point, lifted and touched down a number of times between New Glarus and Verona.