Tornado Inflicts Damage on Colfax, No Injuries Reported

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

COLFAX, Wis. (AP) -- A weak tornado has struck the western Wisconsin village of Colfax, downing trees, tearing roofs off homes and knocking out power.

Police Chief Bill Anderson tells The Associated Press the brief tornado struck without warning "right on main street" around 3:15 p.m. Friday.

Anderson says the tornado damaged a gas station and tore roofs off some houses, but only one family was displaced. No injuries are reported.

The storm also twisted goalposts at the high school football field and ripped venting off the school roof.

National Weather Service technician Ross Carlyon tells the Leader-Telegram it was a "very fast-moving thunderstorm" that briefly dropped a weak tornado.

Colfax is a village of about 1,100 about 75 miles east of Minneapolis. In June of 1958, a deadly tornado nearly obliterated Colfax.


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