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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 Plainville, WI.
  • In 1931, New Hampton, IA (3.22") rain.
  • In 1981, Caledonia, MN (3.13") rain.
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