MARQUETTE COUNTY - This is from first spot-buffalo lake "Were you here when thestorm hit?"
Rusty Kapela is an investigator of sorts.
"You're looking at all of the evidence, every little piece ofevidence."
He gathers evidence of what Mother Nature leaves behind.
"We can't say what happened sitting back at the office."
Kapela is a meteorologist with the National Weather Servicein Sullivan. But he's hitting the road...in Marquette County tosurvey storm damage...
"It's up to us to verify what happened."
His first stop - a cottage on Buffalo Lake. The owners livein Sun Prairie... but the downed tree is witness enough for Kapela.
"A tornado wasn't exactly here but this would be more likeinflow into the top part, or north side of the storm. The actualtornado track, I suspect, based on the radar, actually is furthersouth from this point."
"... it just has that look..."
Kapela finds evidence of a low-level tornado...
"These are not rotten... these are in the prime of theirlife... whatever that phrase is... "
Healthy trees shredded, facing every direction.
"This would indicate more of a tornadic damage."
Around the corner... pictures captured the coming storm...
"It was bad yesterday... field about flat."
And Sharon Crook's place confirms Kapela's suspicions!
"We turned around... heard crack, crack, crack... there shewent."
Crook's 100-year-old tree... narrowly missed her home.
"Especially when you have healthy trees uprooted... indifferent directions... very indicative of tornadic damage."
But Kapela will use the evidence on the ground, eyewitnesstestimony and the radar picture to make an official determination.
"Luckily about 80-85 percent of tornadoes are weak... saythat to the person who has a tree on the house."
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