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Damage assessment under way after funnel clouds sweep through Grant County

Strong storms pass by Shopiere Saturday afternoon. They were part of strong storms that also hit Grant County. Photo: Douglas Hasseler

GRANT COUNTY (WKOW) -- Crews from the Bloomington and Lancaster Fire Departments are conducting damage assessment in rural areas after numerous funnel clouds were spotted Saturday afternoon.

At 3:11 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for Grant County based upon radar rotation as well as numerous spotter reports of a funnel cloud and possible touchdowns west and northwest of Lancaster, according to a news release from the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

The warned cell crept slowly in a northwesterly direction at 5-10 m.p.h. prompting several additional warnings through about 4:30 p.m. when the National Weather Service determined that the storm had weakened and no longer posed a significant threat.

At this point no damage or injuries have been reported, according to the sheriff.

Warning sirens were activated in Lancaster, Bloomington, Mount Hope, Fennimore and Stitzer during the occurrence.

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