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Wisconsin has recorded six "EF-5" tornadoes in state's history

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin has only recorded six tornadoes as strong as the one that hit suburban Oklahoma City on Monday.

There’s now a revised total of 24 deaths and 200 injuries in what was classified as an “EF-5” tornado – the worst on a five-point scale.

The National Weather Service says the Badger State has only had a half-dozen storms of “EF-5” strength.

The latest was in Oakfield in Fond du Lac County in 1996, when 12 people were hurt and $40 million in damage was reported. The tornado that nearly destroyed Barneveld in 1984 was also an “EF-5.”

Others were in St. Croix and Dunn counties in 1958 – the New Richmond area in 1899 – a stretch from Eau Claire to Antigo in 1898 – and the Darlington area in 1893.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Red Cross chapter was expecting to get a call Tuesday to send trained responders to help Oklahoma tornado victims.

Wisconsin electric utilities could also provide assistance, after they helped turn the lights back on after Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast last fall.

An official of the Wisconsin Public Service utility says it’s too early to get a request for aid yet.

The Red Cross is taking donations from those interested in helping.

Consumer officials are already warning folks to watch for possible scams. The Better Business Bureau says you should be cautious when giving online – especially those who send you unsolicited messages. If somebody calls, the BBB says donors should ask if the groups are providing direct aid, or just helping somebody else.

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