Rare October Tornado Destroys Structures on East Side of Madison, Wisconsin


The National Weather Service forecast calls for 1 to 2 inches of rain Sunday night and Monday morning in Wilkes due to remnants of Hurricane Nate.

City streets and forestry crews, utility crews and private contractors are continuing to clean up and assess damage following one of the rarest storms seen in Madison: an October tornado.

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Late Saturday afternoon, a line of showers developed along a frontal boundary pushing northeast through southern Wisconsin.

Wind shear and instability caused many showers to rotate, resulting in the tornado.

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The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado touched down in east Madison on Saturday. That would be a path of about five miles. It had wind speeds estimated at 70-miles-per-hour.

NWS officials said they plan to have an official rating later Sunday, as the initial EF-0 rating is preliminary and subject to change once the area is surveyed.

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Shot says the National Weather Service was able to look at video evidence and storm damage, including downed trees and structural damage to determine a tornado had swept through.