Abbotsford, WI Tornado

June 25th, 2002


Abbotsford WI tornado...F1
Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

A brief tornado touched down around 1015 pm on Tuesday evening in Abbotsford Wisconsin when a line of thunderstorms moved through the area. Most of the damage was confined along highway 29, 2 to 3 blocks west of downtown. Numerous trees were sheared off or blown down, along with minor damage to nearby homes.

The biggest damage was a large feed mill that was demolished. Debris was rotated into a nearby car dealership, damaging 15 cars. Utility poles were sheared off and tossed, and a railroad crossing guard was also twisted off and thrown. One power pole was tossed through a car window, while yet another car was picked up on to another.

An electric generator from the feed mill was thrown roughly two blocks, damaging the front of a building downtown, before coming to rest on a minivan, demolishing it.

There were two minor injuries reported.

The Abbotsford/Colby police department sounded the outdoor warning sirens before the storm hit. Those interviewed said they heard the sirens and/or heard the warning via local television and radio.


Panoramic images of the damage.
(note: the panoramic images are large and this page could take several minutes to load, depending on the speed of your internet connection).

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Electronic motor thrown 3 blocks northeast into a parked van.

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Damage to the feed mill.

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Grain bins destroyed at the feed mill.

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Feed mill damage. One of the grain bin tops was found 2 miles northeast of this location.

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Destruction of the feed mill.

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Another shot of damage done to the feed mill.

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Downwind from the feed mill; tree sheared off.

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Damage done at the feed mill.

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Cars damaged at a dealership across the street from the feed mill. The grey car was parked parallel to the sidewalk, and pushed from debris.

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A van heavily damaged by debris. A utility pole was thrown through the front window.


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