MAUSTON, Wis. – Tornadoes ravaged an 11-county swath of western Wisconsin, some of them wrapped in such heavy rain they couldn’t be seen — even though radar showed debris hundreds of feet in the air. One tornado was on the ground for 25 miles, from three miles south of Tomah through the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Several semi trucks were blown over on Interstate 90. The interstate, a major link between Chicago and the West Coast, was closed three hours. Many roads were blocked by splintered trees and downed power lines. In Mauston the roof of the Roman Castle Italian Grill & Bar was torn off. The Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston suffered minor damage. Windows in the parking lot were blown out. Stands and guardrails from a baseball field across the street from the hospital were ripped up and scattered.

Earlier: Winds rip up southeast Minnesota farms

Upended, uprooted.  An impassable road near Tomah in tornado wake. I-90 closed three hours. The first tornado stuck about 4 p.m.

Afflicted Wisconsin counties

Under tornado warning: Adams, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Juneau, Green Lake, Marquette, Richland. Sauk and Vernon. This was a second storm cell –not the one in southeast Minnesota in the morning.