MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Wisconsin Emergency Management releases details of the extent of the storm damage from the Thursday night/Friday morning storms that moved through Wisconsin.
Here are the details:
Overview - Damage assessments and cleanup continue today following a line of storms that caused damage from western Wisconsin to the Fox Valley area overnight. Numerous trees and power lines were down leaving thousands of people without power. The National Weather Service (NWS) was out assessing damage today and will also be out tomorrow to determine if the storms produced tornadoes. However, the NWS reports that in the New London – Hortonville – Appleton area, straight line winds of 100 mph and higher occurred. Officials also say it is possible that there was a tornado. In the Freedom-Wrightstown area, there were straight line winds of 80 mph. The NWS is still assessing whether a tornado hit that area.
Utility crews expect it will take days to restore all power. The Red Cross has opened three shelters at Parkview Elementary in New London, In Appleton at Appleton West High School and Wrightstown High School in Wrightstown. The most significant damage was reported in the Fox Valley toward New London.
Brown County – Brown County Emergency Management assessed storm damage. Officials are reporting 1 home destroyed, 1 with major damage and over 100 homes impacted by the storm. Damage to residential areas is estimated at $2.1 million. There were also 4 businesses that sustained major damage. Estimated damage amount is $650,000.
Clark County - Clark County continues cleanup efforts from last night's storms. New information received this afternoon includes damage to some buildings in the Town of Withee. Numerous trees were down but crews have cleared the roads.
Chippewa County - Two barns and a pole shed were damaged in the storm. The Cornell area was hit with numerous downed trees and power lines.
Jackson County - Downed trees and power lines reported throughout the county. Power outages reported in Taylor and Black River Falls. The power outage at Taylor affected the Taylor radio repeater and they were not able to page out Taylor Fire Department last night. Power has been restored and trees are being removed from the roadways. There were no reports of residential damages.
Outagamie County –The county has declared a State of Emergency. Earlier in the day, the Town of Grand Chute also declared a State of Emergency.
Marinette County – The Porterfield Town Chairperson and a public works employee were struck by a vehicle while clearing Bagley Road near Highway 64 during the storm. Eugene LaCombe, age 67, died from injuries he sustained during the crash. The other worker sustained injuries but is expected to recover. The matter remains under investigation but officials say heavy rain and wind at the time of the crash along with the glare of headlights were a contributing factor. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this incident.
Monroe County - Scattered downed trees reported. There was damage to the county-owned building, Rolling Hills. Damage included broken windows and some roof damage.
Waupaca County – Officials say an elderly couple received non-life threatening injuries during the storm while staying at the Huckleberry Campground in Fremont.
Winnebago County – Town of Wolf River are reporting power outages.
Wood County – Officials say a camper was blown over and reports of some roof damage.
We Energies - Utility officials say it will be Saturday until power is completely restores. Crews expect to make progress overnight. It has been tough to get crews to the area due to debris in roads. Currently, 48,000 customers are without power. The worst damage is in the Appleton and Hortonville area. A substation at Freedom was heavily damaged. More than 50 poles and 500 wires were down as a result of the storm.
WPS - The utility company expects everyone to be back on line tomorrow. Currently, 7,000 customers are without power. More than 100 poles had to be replaced. Most of the power outages are in rural and farm land areas.
A report from earlier on Wednesday:
Barron County – Quarter to golf ball size hail in the Rice Lake area caused minor damage. Downed tree limbs are reported across the county.
Brown County – The Brown County Emergency Operations Center was activated early this morning following reports of wind damage from Wrightstown to Denmark along Highway 96. Numerous roads are closed due to debris. The county Rescue Eagle III helicopter is surveying the damage. Crews report seeing significant crop damage with damaged silos, barns, garages and one home that appears destroyed.
Calumet County – Several steel electric poles are down on Highway 57. Power company crews are on the scene. Several barns and sheds were destroyed. One resident reports a tree came down on the roof.
Ho-Chunk Nation – Damage to Pow-Wow grounds reported.
Kewaunee County – Numerous trees and power lines down. Luxemburg Fire Department responded to a transformer fire in the township of Lincoln. Wisconsin Public Service crews are on the scene. Three barns were damaged along with a roof at Heritage Farms.
Lincoln County – Tree struck by lightning on Highway 17 resulting in debris on roadway.
Outagamie County – Grand Chute declared a State of Emergency. Appleton Medical Center lost power and is operating on generator. All surgeries are canceled for the day. Huckleberry Campground in Fremont and Apple Creek Campground in the Wrightstown area sustained damage with at least two injuries reported. Several roads are closed due to downed power lines including Highway 76 north of Greenville, Highway 55 from Center Valley Road to County Highway S, Highway 47 north of County Highway OO, County Highway OO east of Highway 47... The National Weather Service has dispatched a storm survey team to determine if a tornado touched down near Wrightstown.
Marathon County – Lighting caused a fire in an abandoned structure in Weston. No injuries reported.
Marinette County – Town of Porterfield: Two workers were struck by a vehicle while clearing Bagley Road near Highway 64. The accident has resulted in the death of one of those workers. It is unknown at this time the extent of injuries suffered by the other worker. Southern Marinette County sustained damage due to the storms. In the City of Marinette, officials report downed trees and power outages. A dock wall along Menominee River near Waupaca Foundry was struck when a ship broke free from a port. Two small tugs were able to stop the ship from striking the Menekaunee Bridge (Ogden Street Bridge).
Waushara County – Downed trees in Wild Rose and the village of Plainfield. Part of the roof blew off at the Wild Rose Hotel.
Waupaca County – Trinity Lutheran Church in New London was destroyed.
Winnebago County - At this time, no major damage to report. The extent of the damage appears to be north of Winnebago County.
Wood County - Dexterville reports 10 sheds damaged. One house also had half of its roof blown off. Trees are down throughout the community.
From WE Energies – 53,000 total customers out of power, 42,000 in Outagamie Co. WE Energies is still anticipating that it will take three days before power is restored. They received damages to three of their sub-stations. They have over 200 crews enroute to the affected areas, along with 35 forestry resources, and 30 troubleshooters. Their mobile command center is in route to Weyauwega and will integrate with the Incident Command staff.
From WPS - More than 60 broken poles are reported. More than 100 crews are responding to the damage. Additional crews from Madison Gas and Electric are on their way to Two Rivers, as well as UPPCo, which is heading to the Green Bay/Greenleaf area.
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