Almost 90k people are without power after tornado touches down in Wisconsin, damaging homes


Almost 90,000 people are without power after tornado touches down in Wisconsin, damaging homes, uprooting trees and overturning TRUCKS: Powerful storms lash the US as heat dome settles over the Midwest

  • A powerful tornado ripped through Wisconsin on Wednesday night as the region experienced mighty storms
  • Almost 90,000 people are still without power, down from the 123,000 who didn’t on Wednesday night 
  • The tornados, storms, and winds were so powerful semi-trucks were blown over and trees were uprooted 
  • Mauston City Hall in Wisconsin were shelter trailer park residents and citizens off the street from the tornado
  • The tornado is believed to have touched down for 10 miles, according to the National Weather Service 
  • The storms are now moving further into the Midwest, which is also experiencing a massive heatwave 
  • The northeast is also experiencing thunderstorms and heavy rainfall and moderate temperatures 

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Almost 90,000 people in Wisconsin are without power after a tornado touches down, leaving homes damaged, trees uprooted, and trucks overturned as the US experiences powerful storms and a heatwave. 

A powerful tornado touched down in Central Wisconsin on Wednesday, sending many scrambling into city hall for protection, Mauston City Administrator Randy Reeg told Fox Weather

‘We were helping people shelter people in place here at city hall from those in trailer parks and those out and about and we were able to witness the rotating cloud and the debris in the air,’ Reeg told Fox Weather. 

‘You could hear the stereotypical roar – it sounded a bit like a train. They were shocked and scared and panicked a bit, and we took care of them for a half-hour or so until the imminent threat had passed.’ 

Mile Bluff Medical Center also suffered mild damages to its facility due to the weather phenomenon, but said all its staff and patients were safely sheltered. 

However, the medical center did lose power and is ‘currently running on back-up power.’ It expected to regain power late Wednesday, but it is unclear if it did. 

A tree limb blocks a roadway in Green Bay, Wisconsin after the region experiences heavy rainfall and mighty tornados

A tree limb blocks a roadway in Green Bay, Wisconsin after the region experiences heavy rainfall and mighty tornados 

Almost 90,000 people are without power, as of Thursday morning, after Wisconsin experiences significant damage

Almost 90,000 people are without power, as of Thursday morning, after Wisconsin experiences significant damage 

A Howard, Wisconsin business on Velp Avenue showed significant signs of damage after the roof was mostly ripped off and the siding is destroyed

A Howard, Wisconsin business on Velp Avenue showed significant signs of damage after the roof was mostly ripped off and the siding is destroyed 

A brave mailman continued delivering mail in the early evening in Wisconsin, despite the harsh winds, heavy rainfall, and a tornado warning

A brave mailman continued delivering mail in the early evening in Wisconsin, despite the harsh winds, heavy rainfall, and a tornado warning 

A nearby hotel is also missing parts of its, semitrucks toppled over at local gas stations and on I-90 and 94, and trees were plowed down from the powerful winds, Reeg told Fox Weather. 

‘There’s definitely been some damage and we haven’t been able to fully assess it yet,’ Reeg told the outlet. 

The National Weather Service said the tornado touched ground for several miles, causing significant damage. 

‘We know a tornado touched down – probably has somewhere around a 10-mile path because of those debris signatures we saw on radar,’ La Crosse NWS meteorologist Dan Baumgardt told Fox Weather. 

Radar reports said there were up to three tornados that touched down in the area, Fox Weather reported. 

The Badger State also experience heavy rainfall and thunderstorm, as well as, dangerously high winds around 60mph with wind gusts up to 80mph, in some parts of the state. 

A Wisconsin mailman was seen bravely maneuvering the harsh rain and wind to finish his job in the early evening. 

Trees were stiped of their limbs and leaves in Wisconsin after a tornado ripped through and the gray skies loomed behind

Trees were stiped of their limbs and leaves in Wisconsin after a tornado ripped through and the gray skies loomed behind 

A car was surrounded by tree limbs in Sheboygan, Wisconsin after the storm devastated the area

A car was surrounded by tree limbs in Sheboygan, Wisconsin after the storm devastated the area 

‘You’re crazy,’ one homeowner yelled at the mailman from her porch as the postal worker quickly walked up her driveway to hand her her mail. He held onto his hat as rainwater soaked him. 

‘In a tornado warning, it’s fine,’ the woman joked in good old Midwest fashion. 

Sirens could be heard throughout the state, as dark gray clouds loomed over residents and an eerie darkness spread across the sky. 

Chris Knight posted a video to Twitter from a parking lot as he stood in 45mph winds in Green Bay. The mighty winds were so powerful, the giant trees appears to be laying on its side. 

‘Everything appears to have blown over,’ he wrote. 

Still, 89,962 residents are without power, as of Thursday morning, down from 123,000 last time. 

The rainy weather is blowing further over into the Midwest as Indiana also experienced harsh weather. 

Lincoln Houser posted a video from what appears to be a gas station, showing the sidelined rain water being blown across across the pavement as lightning ominously lit up the sky. Streetlamps highlighted the harsh winds as the rain can be seen harshly hitting the pavement. 

The severe storm threat is now moving toward the upper Ohio Valley, according to Fox Weather. 

The Midwest was also hit by severe storms on Monday, leaving many Ohioans still with power outages, according to the Weather Channel

The Midwest is experiencing a heat dome since early this week, as some parts hit 100 degrees with the heat index on Wednesday

The Midwest is experiencing a heat dome since early this week, as some parts hit 100 degrees with the heat index on Wednesday 

Midwesterners should be aware of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and make sure to stay hydrated and in cooler areas, when possible

Midwesterners should be aware of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and make sure to stay hydrated and in cooler areas, when possible 

The Midwest can also still expect high temperatures throughout the rest of the week as the region experiences a heat dome. A heat dome is caused by a high pressure area preventing the radiation from escaping. 

Earlier this week, 125million people were under heat advisories in Tulsa, Memphis, St. Louis, and Cincinnati, among others, with some regions reaching over 100 degrees with the heat index. 

Yesterday, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana were expected to hit the hottest temperatures of the week, and the rest of the week is still expected to hit high 70s and 80s. 

Many enjoyed the heat to spend time in the water to cool off with the family and friends. 

And father and son enjoyed the water together as they tried to stay cool during the deadly hot temperatures

And father and son enjoyed the water together as they tried to stay cool during the deadly hot temperatures 

A mother and daughter splashed around in a puddle in the Midwest on Tuesday to cool off in the intense heat

A mother and daughter splashed around in a puddle in the Midwest on Tuesday to cool off in the intense heat 

The Northeast, especially New York, can expect to see thunderstorms rolling through on Thursday, but otherwise milder temperatures.   

Odessa, Texas, has been without water for two days. Those that did have water were told to boil it to kill any bacteria. 

The city announced earlier Thursday morning that the ‘water plant is back online and pressurizing,’ and that some ‘citizens have started to see water through the lower elevations.’ 

‘Our desire is to have [higher elevations] restored by the morning,’ the City of Odessa wrote on its Facebook. 

It also advised that once the ‘system is fully restored,’ it will ‘commence the 24-hour  time frame’ that is require to ensure safe water quality before rescinding the boil water notice. 

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