Sturtevant Tornado

***Watch WISN 12 for the latest pictures and video of the tornado***

An active week of weather continued on Sunday as a ‘weak’ tornado hit Sturtevant in Racine County.  The tornado touched down around 1:25 p.m. this afternoon, about 2 minutes before a Tornado Warning was issued.

If you have pictures of the tornado, or the damage it caused please load your pictures to the U-Local section of WISN.com  Just click the link below.

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Viewers are sending in pictures of the tornado.  Dave Quick of Milwaukee was traveling back home this afternoon when he heard about the tornado, and snapped this picture.  Dave said the lowering that was rotating and the likely tornado was NOT the one closest to the truck in this picture.  It is in the center-left part of the picture.

A huge thank you to Dave for this picture! 

As the tornado began to cross Highway 11 it was right by the local Walmart.  One of our weather bloggers Kymm was leaving the store and wrote this first-hand account.

We were actually just leaving our local Wal-mart when the tornado hit. I no sooner closed my door and it started down pouring and then the hail started pelting the car. There was a woman seeking shelter under the back end of a pick up truck in the Wal-mart parking lot. Carts were being blown all over the lot as well. (Some were even still full of people’s purchases.) We were watching the trees in the parking lot and surrounding area bending in half as we were driving. All the way down Durand Avenue and Green Bay Road (until 21st St.) was without power and the road was quickly flooding. The most damage we saw was trees down and the flooding.

I pray no one was injured in this tornado as the warning on our radio wasn’t put out until after the tornado had already been where we were.

Here is the NEXRAD radar image from 1:28 p.m.  This was the closest image to when the tornado touched down.

Below is a map of the tornado’s path and the details of the path and start/end times.  This map is from the NWS.  Just click to enlarge.

If you have pictures or video of the tornado, please post them to the U-Local section of WISN.com  Also, feel free to email them to jdnelson@hearst.com

You can find even more weather information on Facebook: WeatherWatch 12 and also on Twitter at WISN12News.  If more pictures or information is obtained I will post it to this blog.

Jeremy Nelson

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2 Responses

  1. We were actually just leaving our local Wal-mart when the tornado hit. I no sooner closed my door and it started down pouring and then the hail started pelting the car. There was a woman seeking shelter under the back end of a pick up truck in the Wal-mart parking lot. Carts were being blown all over the lot as well. (Some were even still full of people’s purchases.) We were watching the trees in the parking lot and surrounding area bending in half as we were driving. All the way down Durand Avenue and Green Bay Road (until 21st St.) was without power and the road was quickly flooding. The most damage we saw was trees down and the flooding.

    I pray no one was injured in this tornado as the warning on our radio wasn’t put out until after the tornado had already been where we were.

    • Kymm,

      Thanks for the first-hand account. Glad you are safe! You are correct, basically no warning(which is very rare) for this brief tornado. Winds were estimated at 65-85 mph in the nearly 3 mile long tornado path. Thankfully the weather looks quiet from tonight thru at least Friday. Jeremy

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