Candis Hayes

Tornado photos

View photos taken of tornado and funnel cloud sightings between La Crosse, Sparta and Tomah.


La Crosse area storm damage photos

The tornado caused major damage in La Crosse, tearing roofs off homes and buildings and uprooting large trees.

Brian Smith

Sparta storm damage photos

A car was throw 50+ feet onto its roof, while other cars lost windows at Brenengen in Sparta. The tornado uprooted large trees and damaged homes in Sparta.

Raw Videos

NEW: Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse surveillance video

Surveillance video of the tornado that hit one of Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse's buildings on West Avenue South on May 22, 2011.

La Crosse MTU bus intercepts tornado

An on board camera from a La Crosse MTU bus caught the tornado on video as it passed on Sims Place, near Gundersen Lutheran.

Gundersen Lutheran surveillance video

Video shows a construction crane spinning in circles while the EF2 tornado throws debris into the air from nearby houses and apartment buildings.

Viewer Videos

Tornado in Sparta

Video taken from downtown Water Street facing west. (Courtesy John Kimball)

Tornado in Sparta

A video of the funnel in Sparta which looks like it touches down for a bit. (Courtesy Tyler Timm)

Tornado in Sparta

(Courtesy Eric McKay)

Tornado in Sparta

My neighbor wind gage was reading winds up to 115-120 mph. Video of the tornado that touched ground before going east into Sparta. (Courtesy Kody Lucas)

Tornado in Sparta

Tornado touches down in Sparta. (Courtesy Thomas Stark)

Tornado near Tomah

Tornado by Hwy 12 and Hwy 0 north of Tomah. (Courtesy Larry Rhea)

Tornado in Sparta

Tornado in Walmart parking lot. (Courtesy Connor Olsen)

Tornado near Tomah

This is a video of the tornado near Tomah. The video is shot from his deck facing south towards Tomah. (Courtesy Cindy Stetzer)

Watch all of News 8's coverage on the tornadoes and aftermath

Damage Reports

  • NWS analysis of May 2011 tornadoes

    During the afternoon of May 22nd, strong to severe thunderstorms developed ahead of a cold front across southeast MN, northeast IA, and western WI.