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Record Number Of Tornadoes Hit Wisconsin In 2005

Mother Nature's fury did not spare Wisconsin around in 2005.

Southern Wisconsin suffered through a summer drought and northwestern Wisconsin saw flooding in October.

But the big story was tornadoes. The state saw 62 of them, shattering the old record of 43. Wisconsin averages about 21 a year.

Twenty-seven twisters hit the state on August 18th, a new one-day record, and Stoughton was one of the spots pounded the worst that day.

The Stoughton tornado killed 54-year-old Harold Orlofske by toppling a chimney onto him at his home.

In another storm death, 55-year-old Floyd Norris of St. Charles, Illinois, was killed in June when a severe thunderstorm hit and a tree fell on him as he camped with his grandson along the Chippewa Flowage near Hayward.

Figures from Wisconsin Emergency Management and the National Weather Service say weather caused about 59 million in damage through just the first nine months of the year.


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