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More Powerful Storms Expected In Wisconsin

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 7:31 am

For a second straight day, parts of our Wisconsin listening area are under head advisory, but on Monday many in other parts of the state much worse.

Severe thunderstorms with strong winds knocked down trees and power lines and flipped several camping trailers in the northeastern part of the state.  The storms were obviously powered by the  sweltering heat and humidity in Wisconsin, a truely powerful mix when it comes to summertime storms.

Straight line winds cut power for more than 30,000 Wisconsin Public Service customers in north central and northeastern Wisconsin. Officials at the Green Bay utility hoped to have power restored to all customers later Monday.

Wisconsin’s Emergency Operations Center said no one was hurt when winds gusting to 60 mph flipped campers at an RV business near the Town of Menasha, as lightning reportedly did damaged to trees and houses as well.

Wisconsin’s Emergency Management team issued a statement saying that severe thunderstorms that produce strong winds, lightning, hail and periods of heavy rain are a possibility, and are expected to continue popping up until mid afternoon.

Barron County has reports of road and culvert washouts in three townships as a result of heavy rains. In Sawyer County, straight line winds caused roof damage and downed trees and power lines in the Nelson Lake area. Thankfully, no reports of injuries from either of those counties.

Several communities have opened cooling shelters this week for people to seek relief from the extreme heat. Public information messages have been issued reminding the people of the dangers associated with this extreme heat. The elderly, infants, people on certain medications or with health issues are more susceptible to heat stroke or other heat related illnesses.

The bottom line is this: in heat and humidity like we will experience today, be sure to drink lots of water and don’t stay outside for extended periods of time. Cool off in an air conditioned room if possible.

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