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Tornadoes rake WI

Powerful storms killed one person and destroyed homes across Wisconsin on Wednesday night.

BY HEATHER MOYER | WAUPUN, Wisc. | June 24, 2004

Powerful storms killed one person and destroyed homes across Wisconsin on Wednesday night. A strong storm front rolled across the state leaving a path of destruction from the northwest to the southeast.

The city of Waupun in Dodge County was hardest hit. A tornado destroyed two homes and damaged 150 others. More than 25 homes suffered major damage, according to a Dodge County emergency management official.

A state of emergency has been declared in the town, which is 60 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

"Waupun is barricaded right now, no outsiders are being allowed in," said Jennifer Warmke, program assistant for the Dodge County Emergency Management Agency. "In fact, we're encouraging people to stay away from the entire northern part of the county because of the mess from downed trees and debris."

In Green Lake County, northwest of Waupun, a tornado killed a man and severely injured his wife.

Several people were injured when a tornado briefly touched down at a campground in Monroe County.

At one point Wednesday night, more than 11,000 residents in central Wisconsin were without power due to the high winds.

Funnel clouds were reported in the counties of Dane, Waupaca, Adams and Marquette. Overall, 16 tornado touchdowns were reported around the state.


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