National Weather Service confirms 5 tornadoes in southeast Wisconsin
JEFFERSON COUNTY/WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed five tornadoes in southeast Wisconsin early Thursday, July 29. One person was killed after crashing into a fallen tree and power line in Ripon following the storms, according to the State Patrol.
Friday morning, July 30, the NWS reported a fifth tornado in southeast Wisconsin -- an EF0 -- near Highway 18 and Brandybrook Road in Wales.
Quinn Boehning, 29, was killed after crashing into a fallen tree and power line near the town of Ripon about 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the State Patrol.
The first tornado reported, an EF0, touched down at 1:05 a.m. just southwest of Watertown, Jefferson County, with damage along Hilltop Road just north of Highway A.
The second tornado, an EF1, happened in Concord, Jefferson County, at 1:15 a.m.
NWS field staff told CBS 58 the distance winds threw the wreckage helped them determine the damage was cased by a tornado.
"A lot of time the straight line winds, things will -- you'll get widespread damage, but things won't really travel as far," National Weather Service Lead Forecaster Jaclyn Anderson said. "But we've seen damage travel upwards of a football field, downwards of where things have been destroyed, so that's a pretty good indicator."
**Prelim Survey Results**— NWS Milwaukee (@NWSMilwaukee) July 29, 2021
Damage near Concord, WI (Jefferson County) has been confirmed to be a tornado, with a preliminary damage rating of EF1. The tornado occurred at approximately 1:15 AM CDT on July 29, 2021. Path length and other details still TBD.
**Second tornado confirmed**— NWS Milwaukee (@NWSMilwaukee) July 29, 2021
A storm survey has confirmed a tornado with a preliminary damaging rating of EF0 in Waukesha County. Damage is centered around the intersection of Hwy D and Townline Rd., ESE of Wales and WSE of Waukesha. Additional details TBD.