NWS confirms EF-0 tornado touched down near Beloit; witness describes what he saw

BELOIT, Wis. — It didn’t take long.

“I think it’s 45 seconds,” Dan Griinke said.

But it left quite the mark.

“My neighbor texted me and said, ‘Your trailer’s over by my house,'” Griinke said. “I had two cement blocks on the chains holding it down and it just rolled several times.”

An EF-0 tornado cut its path through a rural part of Rock County just northwest of downtown Beloit Wednesday night, damaging Griinke’s property. The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado Thursday.

“Next thing you know, it’s blowing like crazy,” Griinke said. “It was the first tornado I’ve ever been in.”

Griinke found a piece of drip edge that fell off of his home, and a lawn chair from his neighbor who lives 500 feet away. His trailer was flipped and rolled about 30 yards.

“Right as I was getting ready to go in the basement, it was over,” he said. “It was amazing how quick it was over.”

According to the NWS, the tornado’s winds reached up to 75 mph and tracked for 3.5 miles. At one point, the twister was about 50 yards wide. The NWS said the tornado stayed on the ground for about 10 minutes. No injuries were reported.

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