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Southeastern Wisconsin sees rare tornados

Cleanup crews will be at work today in Walworth and Racine counties after damaging winds hit part of southeastern Wisconsin late Monday. The storms, which included confirmed tornadoes came after a warm front briefly pushed temperatures to 60 degrees.

Cleanup crews will be at work today in Walworth and Racine counties after damaging winds hit part of southeastern Wisconsin late Monday.

The storms, which included confirmed tornadoes came after a warm front briefly pushed temperatures to 60 degrees. One storm caused damage near Rockford, Ill., then the high winds pushed into Wisconsin and hit the town of Linn in Walworth County and village of Union Grove in Racine County.

Lori Getter of Wisconsin Emergency Management says homes and farm buildings have been damaged, and power lines went down, leaving several thousand people without power and heat.

"Fortunately we had a fairly warm day, but as we all know the thermometer's going to continue to drop as we have the cold system moving through our state, so we're concerned about that."

Getter says the Red Cross has opened a shelter in Union Grove. She says more damage may be found Tuesday morning, as work crews also battle the chilly conditions.

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The National Weather Service says there have been only a few November tornadoes in Wisconsin over the last 150 years.

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