Tornado in Stanley, two in Clark County, 2 EF0 tornadoes in Wisconsin


Five tornadoes in a four-county region have been confirmed in Wisconsin following destructive storms in December that swept through several states.

Three were EF2 tornadoes and two were EF0. All were in the mid-west of the state.

According to the National Weather Service, the EF2 tornadoes affected the following areas:

  • Fivemile Creek, west of Neillsville in Clark County
  • Christie, an unincorporated community in Clark County.
  • Stanley, a town in Chippewa and Clark counties.

EF0 tornadoes affected the following areas:

  • Northeast of Fairchild, in Southeastern Eau Claire County
  • Trempealeau, a village in the county of Trempealeau

Here’s what we know about the rare December tornadoes in Wisconsin.

Three were EF2 tornadoes and two were rated EF0

An EF0 tornado is a tornado with wind speeds ranging from 65 to 85 mph.

An EF2 tornado has winds between 111 and 135 mph.

Tornadoes are rated using the Enhanced Fujita Scale or the EF Scale. The EF scale, which goes up to EF5 (over 200 mph), is used to rate a tornado based on estimated wind speed and associated damage.

Wisconsin’s first tornado hits Trempealeau County

The first recorded tornado hit the state at 8:23 p.m. Wednesday in Trempealeau.

Tornado EF0 had estimated the wind speed to be 75 mph.

It didn’t last long – just a minute – and the length was 0.7 miles.

There were no injuries. A total of 13 tornadoes – ranging from EF0 to EF2 – affected the National Weather Service-La Crosse forecast area, which includes parts of Minnesota and Iowa, during the storms.

Trempealeau is a village along the Mississippi River with a population of approximately 1,500. The county is just south of Eau Claire County, which also experienced a tornado.

Tornado EF0 hits Eau Claire County

Surveyors from the National Weather Service-Twin Cities determined that a tornado affected northeast Fairchild at 8:58 p.m. Wednesday. The tornado was on the ground for 6.41 miles.

The wind speed reached 85 mph.

No injuries were reported.

First area affected by tornado EF2 near Fivemile Creek west of Neillsville

The tornado, which lasted for four minutes on the ground from 9:07 p.m. Wednesday, was short but intense, the National Meteorological Service-La Crosse said.

The tornado’s peak winds reached 130 mph and extended for 4 miles.

The tornado struck rural areas of southwestern Clark County, south of Highway 10. Although it mainly made its way through wooded areas, it still destroyed a house near Fivemile Creek, near Sand Road.

The tornado continued through a rural area before rising near Hwy 10. The Snyder County Park area and northwest to the community of Globe or HOG corners suffered damage from the wind. Trees have been broken or knocked over, power lines and poles have also been knocked down.

Another tornado damages a farm north of Neillsville in Christie

The rapid tornado then continued and made landfall at 9:16 p.m. in an area just west of Highway 73 north of Neillsville. The tornado remained on the ground for three minutes and was within a mile.

It was “a short but intense tornado,” said the National Weather Service-La Crosse.

The estimated peak winds were 120 mph.

The tornado hit a farm along the highway and moved a truck nearly 100 feet. Trees were also broken and uprooted, the weather service said.

“Large sections of the roof were torn off, windows were smashed, mud debris splashed around the house and the barn was moved from the foundation,” the weather service added.

The tornado weakened as it continued northeast past Highway 73. Other reports in Neillsville said power lines fell on the roads and roofs were damaged.

Where are Christie and Neillsville?

Christie is an unincorporated community in Clark County, approximately 6 miles north of Neillsville on Highway 73. Neillsville has just under 2,500 residents.

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Stanley tornado causes extensive damage but no injuries, police say

About 45 miles north, the town of Stanley was in the throes of a tornado.

The tornado touched down near the G Freeway and 40th Avenue in southeastern Chippewa County. It first struck around 9:15 p.m. and drove through the community for about seven minutes, the weather service said.

The length of the tornado was 7.44 miles with peak winds estimated at 120 mph.

He left a path of devastation.

Many farm buildings were damaged or destroyed, trees were uprooted and roofs suffered significant damage.

In photos shared by the Stanley Police Department, walls and bricks were torn from parts of houses, including one that looked like a 3D diorama where the interior of the house could be seen. The exterior was gone.

“The impact across the city is quite large, with many structures suffering devastating losses,” Police Chief Lance E. Weiland said in a Facebook post.

No injuries were reported.

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Where’s Stanley?

Stanley is just over an hour west of Wausau and a 30-minute drive northeast of Eau Claire.

Stanley is a town in Chippewa and Clark counties with a population of just over 3,600. Most of its residents are in Chippewa County.

This is the second time this year that Stanley has been hit by a tornado

This is the second tornado to hit Stanley this year. The city experienced an EF0 tornado on June 24, according to the National Weather Service. This storm did not cause extensive damage like Wednesday.

Power outages remain in Stanley

Electricity was restored to about 75 to 80 percent of the city’s residents on Friday, the Stanley Police Department said.

Landline telephone and internet services at Town Hall / Police Department were down on Saturday. Contact the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department at 715-726-7701, option 1 if law enforcement services are required.

When the tornado hit, about 75% of Excel Energy customers were without power as of 9:15 p.m. Wednesday.

The police department reminds those who use a generator to ensure that the units are positioned in a well-ventilated area, “preferably outdoors and away from any ventilation that may be present in the house.”

“Under no circumstances should a generator be used inside a house,” the police department said.

On Thursday, Weiland asked for patience and to avoid approaching power lines.

How to help Stanley

The Stanley Community Association, a nonprofit community organization established through the Forward Bank, established the “Stanley Relief Fund,” the police department said.

Anyone wishing to make a cash donation can deposit their donation at Forward Bank, 240 S. Broadway St., during regular business hours or mail a check in one place, pay to the order of Stanley Relief Fund.

Many are also in need of non-cash donations, the police department said. The Salvation Army is setting up drop-off points for new hygiene items, new blankets, new toys and gift cards (Shell, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Kwik Trip and Walmart).

The drop-off points are at:

  • Citizens State Bank, 304 N. Main St., Cadott, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday.
  • Hallie Lake U-Haul Moving and Storage, 409 Prairie View Road, Chippewa Falls, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

What were the other wind totals in nearby large towns like Wausau and Marshfield?

Marshfield recorded one of the highest wind totals, according to the National Weather Service.

Maximum wind speed reached 74 mph at Marshfield Airport at 1:46 a.m. Thursday, the second highest gust in the state in the past 24 hours.

At Wausau Airport, the wind speed reached 62 mph at 2:18 a.m. Thursday.

Outside of tornadoes, the top wind speed of 76 mph at Rhinelander Airport is the highest reported in the state over the past 24 hours. It happened at 2:49 am

Contact Christopher Kuhagen at (262) 446-6634 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @ckuhagen and our newsroom Instagram accounts on MyCommunityNow and Lake Country Now.

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