Tornadoes Affect the Communities of Blanket and Rotan
After a relatively quiet severe weather season, the communities of Blanket in east-central Brown County and Rotan in northern Fisher County were greeted with tornadic supercells this past week. Four tornadoes were confirmed including an EF-1 tornado in Blanket. This is the first non EF-0 tornado in more than 2 years (with the last occurring on April 21, 2011 in Jones County.
Photo of the Blanket tornado submitted by Jake Schwab. This photo was taken just south of Blanket.
The Blanket Tornado Path (Click for larger image)
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On the evening of Thursday, May 23, a supercell thunderstorm was bearing down on the community of Rotan (population of approximately 1600) just after 6:00 PM. At 6:12 PM, a tornado touched down on the east side of town on East Lee Street. This tornado moved slowly to the south-southwest across the west side of the school near the track at Roby Avenue and Highway 92. This tornado continued along the south-southwest path, producing mainly tree damage across the southeast side of town before lifting near the intersection of South Genevieve Avenue and Highway 70. The damage associated with this tornado was found to be associated with winds less than 85 mph. This resulted in a rating of EF-0.
|The Rotan Tornado Path (Click for larger image)|