National Weather Service Confirms and Classifies Wednesday’s Tornado

PILGER – The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado did touch down in Cuming County on Wednesday.

The tornado was classified as a EF-1 tornado which typically causes moderate damage and winds 86mph -110 mph.

For Dennis and Julie Oswald, that tornado came out of nowhere.

A funnel cloud touched down on their property about three miles east of Pilger, causing widespread damage to their property.

Their garage, shifted off the foundation, sheds and outbuildings shredded by wind and feeders completely tipped over.

Dennis Oswald says he was refueling a truck outside when he saw the funnel cloud starting to form. He and his wife Julie raced to a small office on their property where they hid, miraculously unscathed just 50 yards away from total destruction.

The Oswalds say thankfully no one was hurt, and within hours, dozens of neighbors and family members had arrived to help with the clean up.

The Oswalds say all that’s left to do is rebuild, and be thankful that it wasn’t much worse.

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