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Cadott (WQOW) - During a survey of the damage in Cadott on Wednesday, the National Weather Service confirmed an EF0 tornado touched down just before 8:40 p.m. Tuesday.

The tornado brought down trees and sheds. It dropped trees onto homes and ripped the roof off the Catholic Church in the village.

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According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was on the high-end of the EF0 scale. That means wind speeds topped out around 85 mph. It covered a path of 2.9 miles and was on the ground for roughly 10 minutes.

The National Weather Service uses a damage survey to confirm and rate a tornado. During the damage survey, the team looks at the types of damage they see to estimate the path length and intensity of the tornado.

Warning coordination meteorologist Todd Krause with NWS Twin Cities said the worst damage happened in Cadott near the St. Rose of Lima Church, and that most of the damage was from tipped and broken trees, warranting the EF0 rating.

He said while an EF0 rating may not sound like much, even 85 mile per hour winds can do a lot of damage.

"I've already talked to somebody in Cadott that mentioned that a tree fell through right where the kids' bedroom was, but the kids were down in the basement, Krause said. That's always gratifying that people took shelter."

Krause called it a testament to how being aware of what to do and heeding the warnings can save lives.

He said there were a few other brief tornadoes Tuesday, but they have not received any reports of damage. He said if you know of any areas that had damage from other storms, to pass those reports along to the NWS.

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