6 EF5 tornadoes in Wisconsin's history

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The strength of the tornado that killed at least 24 people and destroyed countless homes in Oklahoma this week is rarely seen in Wisconsin.

The Oklahoma tornado was a top-of-the-scale EF5 twister with winds of at least 200 mph. The National Weather Service says only six tornadoes in Wisconsin match the severity of the EF5.

The Journal Sentinel says the 1996 Oakfield tornado caused $40 million in damage, but no deaths. The Barneveld tornado in 1984 took nine lives and injured 200 others. In 1958, 19 people died when an EF5 twister churned a path from Baldwin to Colfax.

The three others occurred in the 1800s. One-hundred-17 people were killed in the New Richmond tornado of 1899. An 1898 tornado in Abbotsford and Antigo killed 17. The Darlington tornado of 1893 caused five deaths.


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