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Wood County storm damage estimated at $1 million


SARATOGA (WAOW) -- Wood County authorities have confirmed one tornado touched down in the county.

It was an EF-1, according to Lt. Shawn Becker with the Wood County Sheriff's Department. Becker said the tornado was about a mile to a half-mile wide and covered ten-and-a-half square miles.

Becker said seven people were injured, although most of those injuries were minor. One home was totally destroyed, and at least 30 others were damaged.

Becker said even though there is damage, it could have been much worse.

"If this would have been a week later, we would have had a major problem," said Becker. He said a nearby campground is booked for next weekend. "If this incident would have happened then, we would have had some major, major problems and possibly more injuries and fatalities, and thank God that didn't happen," he said.

Property damage from the storm is estimated at $1 million, said Becker.

Crews have shut down the command center at Saratoga Town Hall, but Becker said there will be extra patrols for a day or two to beef up security.

Emergency officials are also offering food, water, and other supplies to those affected by the storms.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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