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UPDATE: National Weather Service confirms 2 tornadoes caused damage in Platteville

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The National Weather Service office in La Crosse now says it was two tornadoes that caused damage in Platteville.

In an update on its website at 1:30 p.m., the NWS said the first tornado was a "low-end" EF2 tornado with 120 mph max wind speed. That track was about two miles west of Platteville, ran through the UW-Platteville campus and ended near U.S. Highway (Business) 151.

The second tornado was identified near the Platteville Golf and Country Club and preliminary information is that was a "high-end" EF1 tornado with 105 mph max wind speed. That track was about 1/2 mile long with a 50 yard width. Damage from that tornado includes some trees knocked down and a roof off an apartment.

UW-Platteville announced summer session classes are canceled for Wednesday, June 18 as the campus is cleaning up from the tornado. It's a Level 2 closure, which means classes are canceled and the campus is closed to the public. All employees are expected to report as scheduled. The tornado damaged Engineering Hall, Rountree Commons, Bridgeway Commons, Southwest Hall, the Greenhouse and Pioneer Stadium. Usage in those facilities is suspended until they are declared safe.

UPDATE (WKOW) -- The National Weather Service has confirmed it was a tornado that caused damage in Platteville.

The National Weather Service office out of La Crosse says it has identified tornadic damage on the UW-Platteville campus and preliminary information is this was a "low-end" EF2 tornado with 120 mph max wind speed. The track was about two miles west of Platteville, running through campus, to two miles southeast of Platteville and ending right before U.S. Highway 151, according to the NWS website.

The EF2 damage happened near the Engineering buildings on the UW-Platteville campus.

Additional information on the tornado, like its width and damage, will be provided later Tuesday when the storm survey is compete.

UPDATE (WKOW) -- Many homes, businesses and buildings are damaged from the storm that moved through Platteville late Monday and early Tuesday.

Authorities are calling it a "high wind incident" and say many homes were damaged; possibly 12 beyond repair. Three residence halls at UW-Platteville were damaged. The Engineering building was damaged, as well as the football stadium, according to a spokesperson.

City officials say power is still out in Platteville and it's unknown when it will be restored.

There are 5 injuries to report. According to the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, those people were injured by flying glass when the storm blew out windows in their homes. One person was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

UW-Platteville is closed Tuesday and Freshman orientation is canceled. University officials will make a decision later for the rest of the week.

Governor Scott Walker attended an emergency Common Council Meeting in Platteville Tuesday morning and toured the damage with city officials.
UPDATE (WKOW) -- Police say Platteville residents, or residents of surrounding areas, with any storm damage to report should register that damage at Platteville High School 710 E. Madison St.

Also, police say, avoid using the walking trail through Katie's Garden because a large tree fell on the power lines.

27 News crews out in the area say businesses along Highway 151 are heavily damaged from the storm.  The Shell Gas Station is destroyed.

Alliant Energy is aware of the power outage for Platteville and they're working on it right now.

The UW-Platteville campus is closed today due to damage sustained there.  There will also be no summer school activities for the Platteville Schools Tuesday.


PLATTEVILLE (WKOW) -- UW-Platteville will be closed Tuesday due to damage from strong storms that swept through Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Here is an official statement from the university:
"Because of extensive storm damage Monday night, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is closed on Tuesday. This is a level three closure, meaning classes are canceled, the institution is closed to the public, and only essential employees are to report.

No major injuries have been reported, but some buildings sustained structural damage. Power is still out on campus and across much of the city.

Damage currently is being assessed."
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