Nov 17, 2013
A tornado outbreak unfolded across the upper Midwest and Ohio Valley during the late morning and afternoon hours causing death and destruction.
It appeared Southern Wisconsin would be on the far northern fringe of the tornado threat, but things became more threatening as the morning progressed. The Storm Prediction Center expanded most of the southern Wisconsin in a moderate risk of severe weather, including tornadoes. In addition, a Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Watch was issued for southern Wisconsin and most of Illinois.
Around 9:30AM, a few thunderstorms developed across northern Illinois, became tornadic and moved into southeast Wisconsin. Tornado warnings were issued for Walworth, Racine, Kenosha, and Milwaukee counties. No tornadoes have been confirmed across Wisconsin, but south of the border into Illinois the exact opposite had occurred.
A large tornado caused major damage in Washington, Illinois (see amateur video below). Rescue efforts and emergency officials are still assessing the damage. Additional tornadoes struck Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana. The storm system has claimed 5 lives and the death toll may continue to rise.
This severe weather event was similar to the January 7, 2008, October 26, 2010 and November 22, 2010 tornado outbreaks. Thankfully this time, Wisconsin communities were spared from this rare severe weather event.
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