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POSTED Wednesday, May 15, 2013 -- 3:15 p.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin

Strong wind storms are downing structures in Marshall.

Just after 8 p.m. Tuesday gusts took out trees, silos, shelters, and farm buildings surrounding the village. Farmers say the storm could further slow planting already delayed by the spring's wet weather.

"It was terrible," said Ed Herman. Parts oh his buildings are scattered in his fields and several of his cattle were killed in the storm.

"We were behind planting the crops and trying to get the crops in with the weather we've had, and then to put this on top of everything else is just too much."

Near Herman's land on Canal Rd. a park shelter's roof was mangled and blown into nearby trees. Staff closed Langer Park because shattered wood, nails and pieces of metal litter the storm's wake.

"There's just debris from the 2x4 and 4x4's shattered all over the park," said Marshall Parks and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks, who says they are deciding whether the shelter is able to be salvaged. "It's just going to be labor intensive. We found pieces of the roof a half mile back into the park so obviously it carried and flew."

The winds came without warning Tuesday night. On Marshall's west side it blew down Jack Skalitzky's 70-foot silo that was only five years old.

"It was just blowing like crazy," he said. "Dirt was flying, dust was flying, it was blowing like mad."

Skalitzky watched out his window as the silo tipped and fell, luckily just missing his machinery.

Across the street a tree likely more than 100 years old rests on a home built in 1877.

"All of a sudden I just heard a crash and went outside and the tree was down on top of the house," said Sara Baumel. "It sounded like thunder. It shook the whole house, like a train, I thought there was a tornado coming through."
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Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 ---- 10:16 a.m.

Isolated thunderstorms caused wind damage across parts of southern Wisconsin Tuesday night.

According to the National Weather Service, last night's storms appear to be the result of a heat burst.

Here's a breakdown of a heat burst from the NWS: In a heat burst, all of the water in the sinking air is evaporated before it reaches the ground, and the air begins to warm before it hits the ground.  The air rushes to the ground as a sudden burst of hot, gusty wind. 

For more on the wind and storm damage from the NWS, click HERE.


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