First-ever February tornado recorded along Dane-Rock County border

Storms come amid record-high temperatures for February

Storm clouds.
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For the first time on record for February, a tornado touched down Thursday night near Edgerton along the Dane-Rock County border.

The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado at 6:00 p.m. and said it was a dangerous storm and to “seek immediate safe shelter if in its path.”

A tornado warning was issued for northeastern Rock, southeastern Dane and southwestern Jefferson counties in effect until 6:30 p.m.

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Severe weather made its way through south-central Wisconsin Thursday afternoon and into the evening, with reports of thunderstorms, high winds and hail.

The National Weather Service also issued a tornado warning for the Green County communities of Monroe, Broadhead and Monticello.

Wisconsin has had unusually warm temperatures for February. Milwaukee hit a record high of 56 degrees Thursday. Madison tied its record high, set nearly 100 years ago, at 55 degrees.