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Rare October tornado destroys garages on Madison’s east side

In this Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, photo, residents look at storm damage in Madison, Wis., after a small tornado moved through the city's east side (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Residents survey storm damage in Madison on Saturday after a small tornado moved through the city’s east side. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An unusual tornado in October has downed power lines and destroyed garages on Madison’s east side, but no injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service confirms a weak tornado swept northeast along East Washington Avenue to Interstate 39/90 on Saturday evening. The weather service says a preliminary damage assessment indicates it was an EF-zero tornado with winds of 70 to 80 mph. The tornado was on the ground for about 10 minutes.

Wind shear and instability caused many showers to rotate, resulting in the tornado.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the storm damaged the roof of a car wash and ripped the facade off a convenience store.
Steve Peters says high winds toppled a walnut tree, which destroyed his back porch and detached garage. Peters says the damage “looked like a bomb went off.”

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