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Update: 3 small tornadoes hit southern Wisconsin Sunday

The storms reached peak wind speeds ranging from 65 to 80 miles per hour

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Downed trees cover a roof and shed in Unity
Downed trees cover a roof and shed in Unity, Wis., west of Wausau, after a tornado touched down on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Rob Mentzer/WPR

Three tornadoes touched down in southern Wisconsin Sunday evening, the National Weather Service has confirmed. 

The storms, which hit after 5 p.m. in Rock and Jefferson counties, were rated as EF0, which is the weakest type of tornado on the scale. 

There were no reports of injuries, although trees and some homes were damaged. 

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One tornado started west of Janesville and moved through the Milton area. Another tornado started northeast of Janesville and moved into Jefferson County before dissipating between Fort Atkinson and Whitewater.

Both of those storms reached wind speeds of 80 miles per hour, according to the NWS.

The third tornado was weaker, with wind speeds that peaked at about 65 miles per hour. It appears to have formed over Lake Koshkonong before dissipating west of Fort Atkinson.

Tornado warnings were in effect for some parts of southern Wisconsin on Sunday evening until just after 6 p.m.

Teams from the NWS were out Monday surveying damage in areas in areas near Janesville, Milton, Fort Atkinson and Sullivan.

This weekend’s storms came just days after multiple tornadoes were confirmed in the state last Tuesday.

This story has been updated.

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