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UPDATE: NWS says EF1 tornado hit outside Fennimore overnight

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GRANT COUNTY (WKOW) -- Monday evening's storms created a lot of problems for homeowners still cleaning up after the tornado that hit Grant County Sunday night.

"It's our life. My husband has lived here all his life. He was born here. So he farmed it all his life.....it's hard," Marilyn Kephart says Kephart's home was damaged by the tornado. She was camping with her husband and grandsons when she heard the news that a tornado passed through her neighborhood along Tormey road near Fennimore and destroyed eight buildings on her property.

"And they had told us, but it's a lot different when you see it," Kephart says.

"We have confirmed it was at least an EF1 tornado, but we have identified a damage path that now starts just east of Fennimore and then heads east through the county," says Steve Braun with Grant County Emergency Management.

One farm along Highway 18 on the way to Dodgeville saw significant damage to sheds and outbuildings. One of its workers, Richard Kelly, an agriculture student from Ireland, can't believe what he's seeing.

"It's amazing how fast it happened and how quick and the damage it can do," Kelly says.

On Monday, horses and buggies filled the drives of damaged homes, as dozens from the Amish community lend a helping hand.

"They were here ready to go to work [Monday] morning when we came and just can't thank them enough."

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GRANT COUNTY (WKOW) --- The National Weather Service says preliminary reports show them an EF1 tornado hit just northeast of Fennimore in Grant County.

They are still surveying the damages.  We will have more on that coming up on 27 News at 5 & 6.  Watch a video from our tour of the area here on our Facebook page.

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GRANT COUNTY (WKOW) -- Grant County is reporting storm damage is several communities.

Grant County Emergency Management says City of Fennimore officials reported some trees and power lines down throughout the city, as well as two trucks overturned north of the city at BARD Materials and one at Highway 18 and Rice Road.

Damage was also reported to several properties along County Highway Q between Switzer and Tormey Roads. Trees were down on a house, which is believed to have sustained major damage. The occupants of the home were not injured and were assisted by the Fennimore Fire Department.

Grant County also says at least four farm buildings were destroyed on Tormey Road. Two concrete silos were destroyed and one house sustained minor damage.

A tree reportedly struck a house on County Highway G near Castle Rock. Trees were reported down on Cass Hollow Road in Wingville Township.

Grant County says a barn was also destroyed on Fairplay Road near Louisburg by a separate storm cell.

Grant County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service will continue to survey storm damage at daylight to determine whether the cause of the damage was from straight-line winds or a tornado.

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