Situation Report #1 - Severe Storms
Situation Report # 1, 8/22/2013, 8/22/2013
Overview - Severe storms moved across west central and northeastern Wisconsin last night causing downed trees, power lines and other storm damage. One person was killed in Keshena when a tree fell on her vehicle. Menominee County and Tribe have issued disaster declarations for their jurisdictions.
The National Weather Service will be surveying damage today to determine if there was a tornado in Shawano County. Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued across the region last night.
At one point, there were over 20,000 customers without power. Currently, there are about 1,000 outages reported. Utility officials expect most of the power outages to be restored later today.
Another storm is moving across southern Wisconsin this morning. Several severe thunderstorm warnings have been posted. There have been reports of strong winds and heavy rain but no damage at this time.
Brown County - The storm knocked down trees and power lines. Most power has been restored.
Calumet Count - Strong winds and lightning caused some power outages.
Clark County - The storm blew down a tree north of Withee. No injuries were reported.
Chippewa County - Hail reported in Bloomer. A tree fell on a parked car in Chippewa Falls. No one was injured. The Sheriff’s Department reported a funnel cloud southeast of Boyd which did not touch down.
Door County - County had a few power lines down with limited sporadic power outages. A possible lightning strike caused an electrical fire at a gas station. No severe damages reported.
Marathon County - At least three people are without a home this morning after an overnight fire destroyed a duplex on Wausau’s east side. No one was injured in the blaze. Lightning likely started the fire around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, authorities said. Firefighters thought the fire was out last night, according to Wausau Fire Battalion Chief Mark Krueger, but crews were called back to the scene around 5 a.m. this morning when the blaze flared back up.
Marinette County - The storm knocked down trees and power lines in the central and southern parts of the county. Lightning reportedly struck a home in the Town of Grover. There are no reports of damage to public infrastructure and no injuries.
Menominee County - The Sheriff’s Department reports a woman was killed when a tree fell on top of her car in Keshena. The driver is from Menominee County but the identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. The Emergency Operations Center is partially activated. The County Courthouse is open but there is no power. There are widespread power outages with downed trees and scattered debris. Most power has been restored. Sheriff’s officials say some secondary roads may be impassable because of the large amount of tree damage.
Menominee Tribe - Emergency shelters are opened at three locations: Tribal office, College Technical Center and Menominee Tribe Casino (Maple and Ada Rooms).
Oconto County - A home in Townsend was struck by lightning. Fire crews put out the blaze with minor damage to the structure.
Outagamie County - County emergency management officials activated sirens when the National Weather Service reported a possible funnel cloud in Shawano County. Winds reached 61 mph in Appleton and 50 mph in Hortonville and Greenville. Damage includes down trees and power lines. Some roads were blocked due to debris.
Portage County - Crews cleared downed trees on roads in Dewey and Linwood Townships this morning. A small outbuilding was struck by lightning and caught fire. Rain extinguished the flames.
Shawano County - National Weather Service will be in Shawano County today to determine if damage from last night's storm was caused by a tornado. County emergency management partially activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) last night. The EOC is now closed. A lightning strike caused a fire at a nursing home forcing the evacuation of approximately 13 residents who were transported to a sister facility. There are currently no injuries or fatalities reported. Approximately a dozen homes are damaged in the Bonduel area. Local power crews are currently working to restore service. Most of those outages are in the Town of Westcott on the north side of Shawano Lake. WE Energies expects to have all power restored by early this afternoon.
Vilas County - Power substation in Eagle River damaged leaving 4,700 without power. Emergency dispatch worked on generator power. Most of the power has been restored.
Winnebago County - According to local officials, a semi-truck was overturned on U.S. 41, north of Oshkosh. Apparently the accident was caused by strong winds. No one was seriously injured in the accident.
The State Emergency Operations Center at Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) remains at level 4. The WEM Administrator, Senior Duty Officer and Duty Officer will continue to monitor the situation.
Situation Report #1 on Storms
Situation Report # 1, 8/7/2013, 12:00:00 PM
Overview - A line of severe thunderstorms raced across portions of central and northeast Wisconsin during the overnight hours. Numerous trees and power lines are down leaving thousands of people without power. Structural damage was also reported. The Red Cross is opening two shelters, Parkview Elementary in New London and Wrightstown High School in Wrightstown. Winds over 80 mph were reported in Outagamie Co. The most significant damage was reported in the Fox Valley toward New London. In Marinette County a worker was killed while clearing storm debris. Here are the details:
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 had 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.
The State Emergency Operations Center remains at level 4. The WEM Administrator, Senior Duty Officer and Duty Officer will continue to monitor the situation.
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