Woman saves children from injury as tornado hits house

July 7, 2015


WAUPACA Sheriff's officials say a mother saved her three young children from injury as a tornado hit their house in Waupaca County.

Authorities say the woman heard the wind pick up about 5 p.m. Monday and moved two of her children, ages 4 and 7, to the bottom of a stairway. She ran to an upstairs bedroom where her 1-year-old daughter was sleeping, but couldn't get the door open as the tornado bore down. The glass had already blown out of the bedroom window.

The sheriff's department says the mother eventually got the door open, grabbed the girl and joined the two other children at the bottom of the stairway. All escaped serious injury.

The tornado took off the roof of the house and caused other damage.

Tornado touchdowns reported in NE Wisconsin

SHAWANO A line of tornadoes has moved across northeastern Wisconsin, causing some damage in the rural area.

The National Weather Service in Green Bay says spotters reported four tornado touchdowns in a line stretching about 50 miles Monday evening.

Weather service meteorologist Rich Mamrosh says some home and barn damage was reported, but no deaths or injuries.

Mamrosh says the tornadoes were unusual because they were not associated with lightning.

Sheriff's offices say crews are surveying damage in Oconto, Shawano and Waupaca counties.

In western Wisconsin, up to 7 inches of rain caused flooding problems in the River Falls area early Monday.

Rain causes problems in western Wisconsin, Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS High water is receding after heavy rains caused problems in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The National Weather Service reports the Kinnickinnic River near River Falls, Wisconsin had risen about 5 feet after 5 to 7 inches of rain there early Monday.

KSTP-TV reports some crashes were reported in the Twin Cities Monday morning as the wet roads become slick.

In the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park, fire officials suspect lightning set a house on fire about 1 a.m. Monday. The Star Tribune reports the two people who were in the home escaped safely.

The American Red Cross was helping residents of a western Wisconsin mobile home park displaced by heavy rain.

Rainfall reports include 6.5 inches near Afton in Minnesota and 7.3 inches near River Falls, Wisconsin.