EF-2 tornado in Monroe County traveled about 21 miles, damaged multiple structures

The tornado lasted 36 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

BYRON, Wis. (WKBT) – Jamie and Jamin Raiten live on Grosbeak Avenue in Byron. During the EF-2 tornado that struck late Wednesday afternoon, the home they’re renting was severely damaged.

“I could feel the house rattling a little bit,” said Jamie Raiten. “The lights, chandeliers and stuff were shaking.”

The Raiten family spent most of Thursday clearing out their yard from debris. They’re staying with friends nearby because their home sustained so much damage. The home’s roof was broken during the storm.

“A big oak tree went down on the East side of the house,” said Jamin Raiten.

On Thursday, Gov. Tony Evers (D) greeted the Raiten family while touring storm damage in Byron. He said he’s looking into the possibility of a state disaster declaration. Evers also added that the damage from Wednesday’s tornadoes is still being assessed.

“We want to make sure we take a look at everything and everything we can get reimbursed, we will,” Gov. Evers said.

On Wednesday, there were a total of three confirmed tornadoes in western and southern Wisconsin, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornado in Monroe county was on the ground for nearly 21 miles and struck Wyeville and surrounding areas with winds of 115 mph.

In Mauston, an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds of 90 mph traveled 8 miles late Wednesday afternoon.

In Vernon County, an EF-1 tornado was on the ground for more than 6 miles while packing winds of 100 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Jamin Raiten added that he’s just glad he and his family survived Wednesday’s severe weather.

“You’re lucky that you’re alive and your family members are alive and not injured,” he said.

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