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WAUPACA, Wisconsin — Sheriff's officials say a mother saved her three young children from injury as a tornado hit their house in Waupaca County.

Authorities say the woman heard the wind pick up about 5 p.m. Monday and moved two of her children, ages 4 and 7, to the bottom of a stairway. She ran to an upstairs bedroom where her 1-year-old daughter was sleeping, but couldn't get the door open as the tornado bore down. The glass had already blown out of the bedroom window.

The sheriff's department says the mother eventually got the door open, grabbed the girl and joined the two other children at the bottom of the stairway. All escaped serious injury.

The tornado took off the roof of the house and caused other damage.

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