Dozens of properties damaged in severe weather outbreak

No injuries reported, some property damage, power outages
Dozens of properties damaged in severe weather outbreak
Old O'Brien Factor in Richland Center after severe weather went through Wednesday night.

A tornado and severe storms surged through southwestern Wisconsin Wednesday night, leaving behind property damage and power outages.

Emergency management confirmed a tornado touched down at the Jellystone Campground south of Prairie du Chien in Bagley Township. The National Weather Service has made a preliminary determination that is was an EF-0 tornado.

The tornado overturned three or four campers and trees but other than a lot of people without power, that looks to be the worst of the damage, according to officials.

“We’ve got several trailers on their sides, trees down, electrical lines down,” said Fred White, Bagley fire chief. “We’ve got about half the township without power. That’s what we saw on the survey of the township.”

Fire officials said there were no injuries and that they went two-by-two throughout the entire township checking on each house.

Tornado, severe weather rip through southwestern Wisconsin

Rain hampered clean up efforts at the campground and the second round of rain that went through will make the cleanup stretch into Thursday.

There are a lot of trees down and property damage, especially at the campground, but people in Bagley say they’re lucky this tornado-producing storm didn’t cause any injuries.

The severe weather also left damage behind in Richland County.

In Richland Center, the O’Brien Brother’s Factor, Mobil 1 Lube Express and Center Cafe were all damaged, according to Richland County Emergency Management. A total of 30 properties were damaged. National Weather Service officials have not yet determined if the damage was caused by a tornado or straight line winds.

The National Weather Service office in La Crosse stated that staff will be touring parts of Vernon and Richland counties Thursday morning to survey damage.

Forecasters are expecting the threat of storms to continue through Friday and are are noting a risk of flash flooding in southwestern Wisconsin.