STOUGHTON, Wis. “I hear glass breaking. Boom. Pow.

Ben Amera was minding his own business.

“The power went out and I was just hanging out a bit.”

A storm system brought severe weather to much of southern Wisconsin on Saturday, with high winds and rain. Alliant Energy at one point reported more than 1,000 outages in Dane County alone.

But the lack of power would prove to be the least of Amera’s worries.

“I was sitting in my living room when a piece of metal went through the window.”

This metal was part of Amera’s silo. And he was blown into his house by a tornado.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado, with winds reaching 95 mph, touched down just south of Amera’s home on Leslie Road.

“We had an old tobacco shed that was demolished,” Amera said. “Our hay storage hoop building is destroyed.”

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Several buildings on Amera’s property were damaged or completely destroyed. Several trees were also uprooted.

The tornado moved northeast about 5 miles, affecting Amera’s neighbor Richard Johnson.

“You could hear creaking and different noises around the house,” Johnson said. “We knew something was wrong.”

The tornado only stayed on the ground for about 4 minutes. Johnson’s roof was ripped off his house and the back of his storage shed was torn off.

“We were about to go to the basement, then it was over, the damage was done.”

Johnson also lost a 100-year-old windmill to the winds. He had it restored and placed in front of his house 10 years ago.

“Just an old antique, a great garden ornament, but now its days are over.”

With the storm gone and the sun rising, cleanup began on Sunday.

“We’re a pretty tight-knit community family here, so everyone comes in and helps out,” Amera said. “We will at least do what we can do at the moment to make it work.”

With snow expected on Sunday evening, this will have to work fast.

Photographer Brandon Cichanofsky contributed to this story.