DEERBROOK, Wis. (WXPR) -- A meteorologist says the tornadoes that touched down in Lincoln and Langlade counties early this week were weak twisters. Ashley Wolf is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Green Bay describes a line of storms starting in Lincoln county last Tuesday as "mini-supercells". She says those storms are nowhere near as powerful as the storms in Oklahoma. But they have rotation and can cause damage. “The first touchdown was at 2:39 p.m. just south of Irma, and it continued along in a track for twenty-eight miles, but it wasn’t on the ground the whole time. It kind of did this skipping thing.”
The storm were classified as E-F Zero tornadoes with winds from 65 to 85 miles per hour. From Irma it moved to Gleason, then was spotted near the intersection of county roads "C" and "H" near Deerbrook. “So it was a pesky little storm, and during the whole time it wasn’t on the ground, we did have the funnel cloud that was being reported, so it never lifted back into the clouds, so technically, it’s the same tornado that just lifted on and off the ground.”
A stronger storm near Oconto Tuesday night wrecked a mobile home, damaged power lines and blew off roofs. That tornado was classified as an E-F-One.