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No CUs affected by Midwest tornados
MADISON, Wis. (1/9/08)--No credit unions have reported damages from a rare series of January tornados that hit the Midwest Monday and Tuesday, according to CUNA Mutual Group (CMG). "There have been no reports of damages to any credit unions from Oklahoma to Wisconsin," Mike Retelle, CMG's disaster team response coordinator and Credit Union Protection claims manager, told News Now Tuesday evening. Tuesday morning, he had reported that CMG Regional Sales Vice President David Griffiths and the Wisconsin and Illinois Credit Union Leagues had no reports of credit unions with damages. "We're currently cautiously optimistic we will see very few, if any losses, from last night's weather event. However, we will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day," Retelle said Tuesday morning. Unseasonably warm weather for January spawned about 30 tornados from southwest Missouri to southeast Wisconsin Monday. On Tuesday another tornado was reported in central Arkansas, and tornado watches were in effect for Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi Tuesday afternoon. The tornados killed one person in eastern Arkansas Tuesday and two people in Missouri's Webster and Greene counties on Monday. The storms demolished houses, knocked a railroad locomotive off its tracks and shut down a courthouse (CNN.com and Kansas City.com (Jan. 8). Kenosha County, Wis., Sheriff's Office spent Tuesday assessing the damage to homes in the area from Monday's storms. Hardest hit was a subdivision in Wheatland, about 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee and just north of the Illinois border. At least 55 homes were damaged or destroyed there by a tornado that cut a 10.8 mile swath through the area. Thirteen people in that county were injured. Gov. Jim Doyle ordered a state of emergency for that area.
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