6 EF5 tornadoes in Wisconsin's history
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The strength of the tornado that killed at least 24 people and destroyed countless homes in Oklahoma this week is rarely seen in Wisconsin.
The Oklahoma tornado was a top-of-the-scale EF5 twister with winds of at least 200 mph. The National Weather Service says only six tornadoes in Wisconsin match the severity of the EF5.
The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/12LeNQ5 ) says the 1996 Oakfield tornado caused $40 million in damage, but no deaths. The Barneveld tornado in 1984 took nine lives and injured 200 others. In 1958, 19 people died when an EF5 twister churned a path from Baldwin to Colfax.
The three others occurred in the 1800s. One-hundred-17 people were killed in the New Richmond tornado of 1899. An 1898 tornado in Abbotsford and Antigo killed 17. The Darlington tornado of 1893 caused five deaths.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com