Tornado damages houses, topples trees in western Wisconsin

Tornado damages houses, topples trees in western Wisconsin

A tornado has touched down in western Wisconsin, damaging houses and knocking down trees and power lines.

The National Weather Service says the tornado struck near Ellsworth and moved east toward the Spring Valley area about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A storm spotter reported the tornado demolished half a home and toppled trees about 6 miles northeast of Ellsworth.

Law enforcement reported significant damage to houses and multiple trees and power lines down 4 miles southwest of Spring Valley.

Iowa County Emergency Management officials said they have received reports of power poles and trees down along Highway 80 by Livingston. Houses in the area were also damaged by falling trees, and several farm buildings were damaged.

Highway 69 was closed in both directions near Monroe in Green County due to multiple power poles down, according to a release from the Department of Transportation.

Grant County Emergency Management officials said wind gusts were measured between 80 and 90 mph in the Livingston, Montfort and Stitzer areas.

Officials said three mobile homes were damaged in the Livingston area, and there was a large natural gas leak at the Biddick Inc. facility that was controlled by plant maintenance personnel.

More than 20 power poles on Highway 80 are down and Alliant Energy does not have an ETA for restoring service, according to a release. Highway 80 was closed until about 10 p.m.

No injures have been reported in Iowa or Grant counties.