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National Weather Service confirms two tornadoes in Northwest Wisconsin

NORTHWEST WISCONSIN-- After conducting storm surveys, the Duluth National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Northwest Wisconsin early Saturday morning.

The first tornado touched down in Douglas County in the town of Blueberry, just northeast of Maple while the second one touched down near Sanborn in Ashland County.

BLUEBERRY TORNADO: The first tornado touched down at 1:48 a.m. and was on the ground for two minutes, traveling 0.4 miles. The tornado was rated an EF-1 with winds of 100 mph. Dozens of trees were knocked down, with some being snapped off at the base. National Weather Service officials say the tornado could have began a few minutes earlier but there's not enough evidence to confirm that.

SANBORN TORNADO: The second tornado touched down at 2:51 a.m. and was on the ground for two minutes, traveling 0.6 miles. The tornado was rated an EF-1 with winds of 110 mph. The tornado damage occurred near the intersection of County Road E and Petrin Road/Highway 112 where a garage lost a majority of their roof panels and a metal outbuilding collapsed. A tornado warning was not issued when the storms moved through.

National Weather Service officials also say there may be at least two other tornadoes that touched down early Saturday morning and is currently being investigated.

DOUGLAS COUNTY: This is the fourth tornado in the county since 2011, with the last one occurring on July 18, 2019 east of Gordon.

ASHLAND COUNTY: This is the fourth tornado in the county since 2011, with the last one occurring on August 11, 2014 near Ashland when a waterspout briefly came ashore.

Austin Haskins

Meteorologist/Web Producer

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