The Associated Press April 12, 2011, 5:19PM ET

Officials: 10 tornadoes hit Wis. on Sunday

The storm system that hit northern and central Wisconsin on Sunday now has a place in the record book, with the 10 tornadoes tying the April record set in 1984, the National Weather Service reported Tuesday.

Eight of the 10 tornadoes were the weakest category, EF1. However, an EF2 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 125 mph hit Adams County and an EF3 tornado with a max wind speed of 140 mph hit Lincoln County, according to the weather service.

There also were many reports by trained weather spotters of large hail and thunderstorms across most parts of the state, including a report of hail stones nearly 3 inches in diameter and straight-line wind gusts up to 80 mph.

The Wisconsin Emergency Management department also reported Tuesday the results of damage assessments from several parts of the state.

The worst damage was reported in Lincoln County, where the EF3 tornado traveled 22 miles on the ground. The report said 22 homes and seven businesses were destroyed and 22 homes sustained major damage. There was an estimated $10.9 million in damages to private property and another $9.5 million in public sector damages.

In Adams County, where the EF2 tornado traveled 17 miles on the ground, seven homes and three businesses were destroyed and 40 homes took major damage. There was an estimated $3.3 million private sector damage and $287,000 in public sector damage.

In Outagamie County, an EF1 tornado with 105 mph winds plowed through 1.5 miles of Kaukauna. The state reported the damage estimates there include seven destroyed homes, 24 homes and four businesses with major damage and $4.8 million in damage to private property. An estimate for public sector damage wasn't available.


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