GRANTSBURG, Wis (WSAU) The National Weather Service is looking into reports of tornado touchdowns in far northwest Wisconsin. A house and power lines were damaged last night near Grantsburg in Burnett County, and a tornado was seen on the ground near Webb Lake in Washburn County. Three people were injured and Highway 70 was closed in a reported touchdown about a half-mile west of the Wisconsin-Minnesota border near Grantsburg.
At last word, Minnesota had about 40 reported tornado touchdowns across the state. Three people were killed, and almost two dozen were injured in Wadena – a town of about four-thousand in northwest Minnesota. By late morning, American Family Insurance of Madison said it received 130 storm-related damage claims – and it expects up to 25-hundred in all.
West Bend Mutual also has people helping policy holders in the Gopher State. West Bend officials say they’ll watch the weather again today, as forecasters predict more severe weather in the Upper Midwest. The Weather Service said the southern part of Wisconsin could expect strong to severe thunderstorms early-and-mid-afternoon. But by 12:30, there were no specific watches or warnings issued.