For August 27
(for Southeast Minnesota, Northeast Iowa, and Western Wisconsin)
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- In 1994, an F3 rolled through the town of Big Flats, WI and caused $1 million in damage. An 80 year old man and his 78 year old wife died when the tornado destroyed their home
in Big Flats. Twenty four homes were destroyed, 8 suffered major damage, and 160 had
light to moderate damage. In addition, the Big Flats Fire Department and town hall were
destroyed, as well as a thrift shop. Seventy cows were crushed to death in one barn as
the walls blew out and the upper floor, filled with 16,000 bales of hay, and the roof
collapsed. This was one of the first tornadoes detected by the new WSR-88D installed at
Sullivan, WI. This tornado became known as the "Big Flats Tornado". In addition to this
tornado, two other F1 tornadoes touched down on this date. The first touched down just
south of Lyndon Station, WI and then moved southeast for just over 5 mile. This tornado
damaged 8 mobile homes and plowed through a campground where 2 trailers were hit.
Considerable tree damage also occurred. Three injuries were caused by this tornado.
The second F1 tornado briefly in a field causing some crop damage just southeast of
- In 1931, New Hampton, IA (3.22") rain.
- In 1981, Caledonia, MN (3.13") rain.