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UPDATE: Tornado damage exceeds $30 million in NE Wisconsin

Credit: WLUK

Credit: WLUK

UPDATED Tuesday, August 13, 2013 --- 9:27 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Officials in the Fox Valley say damage from last week's tornadoes exceeds $30 million.

The National Weather Service tells WLUK-TV that six tornadoes have been confirmed during the storms. It had previously confirmed five tornadoes as part of the weather system that moved through the region late Wednesday and early Thursday.

The television station reports the sixth tornado hit the Huckleberry Campgrounds near New London. Two people were injured.

Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson tells Post-Crescent Media about $25 million in damage to private property and almost $6 million to public property has been reported so far. He says the total is expected to increase as more reports come in from communities.

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UPDATED Monday, August 12, 2013 --- 2:55 p.m.

From our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:

The number of confirmed tornadoes from last week’s storms in Northeast Wisconsin is up to six.

The National Weather Service has released a map of the paths of the six twisters. Five of the six were rated EF1, and one tornado that began near New London and went through Hortonville was rated EF2.

The sixth confirmed tornado, announced on Monday, traveled from five miles southwest of New London to one mile south of Hortonville. It was rated EF1.


UPDATED Friday, August 9, 2013 --- 9:17 a.m.

NEW LONDON, Wis. (AP) -- Not much is left of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New London after a tornado tore through -- but three crosses are unharmed.

The congregation's pastor, Rev. Bil Sutlief, says it's a powerful sign and it's encouraging to the congregation.

Post-Crescent Media reports the storm tore the roof off the sanctuary and demolished the church's fellowship hall.

The church community gathered Thursday evening for a prayer service outside the ruined building, setting up lawn chairs and blankets as they prayed and consoled one another.

The church will host an outdoor worship service at Sunday morning.

Sutlief says the church is in the process of setting up a fund for repairs. He says he may have more information on the church's fate at the Sunday service.

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UPDATED Thursday, August 8, 2013 --- 6:24 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Green Bay says five tornadoes total touched down in storms that swept through central and northeastern Wisconsin.

The storms passed through late Wednesday and early Thursday. A town chairman was killed in Marinette County and another man injured as they cleared debris from a road and were struck by a vehicle.

The Weather Service says there were tornado touchdowns in New London to Hortonville, Mackville to near Kaukauna, the north side of Appleton to near Holland, northeast of Mackville to east of Maribel, and south of Pilsen.

Gov. Scott Walker visited the area Thursday morning and pledged support.

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UPDATED Thursday, August 8, 2013 --- 10:18 a.m.

EXTENDED VIDEO: Gov. Walker news conference

Video from our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is offering his support to storm damage victims in northeastern Wisconsin.

Walker met with Pastor William Sutlief outside Trinity Lutheran Church in New London Thursday morning. The church was nearly flattened by a tornado early Wednesday morning. Walker told Sutlief that he knows there's a lot of work to be done and promised to follow up.

WBAY-TV says members are planning to gather for a service outside the crumbled church Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

About 25,000 We Energies customers remain without power after two tornadoes and destructive winds caused wide spread damage overnight Tuesday in central and northeastern Wisconsin.

In Marinette County, a town chairman was killed and another man injured while they were clearing debris from a road and were struck by a vehicle.


UPDATED Thursday, August 8, 2013 --- 7:52 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Power has been restored to more than half of the utility customers who lost service when two tornadoes and destructive winds hit central and northeastern Wisconsin.

More than 70,000 people were without electricity at the peak of the storms overnight Tuesday. About 28,000 We Energies customers and approximately 1,000 Wisconsin Public Service Corp. customers remained without service Thursday morning.

Thunderstorms packing winds of more than 100 mph and two tornadoes caused at least one weather-related fatality, destroyed a church, barns and other buildings.

Gov. Scott Walker is expected to take a look at the damage Thursday morning. He plans to hold a news conference outside a New London church that was destroyed when a tornado struck.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Wednesday, August 7, 2013 --- 8:22 p.m.

NEW LONDON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will visit northeastern Wisconsin on Thursday morning to tour the damage from powerful storms that hit the area.

Walker will speak to reporters afterward at 7:50 a.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New London, which was destroyed by an EF-2 tornado.

Thunderstorms packing straight-line winds of more than 100 mph and two tornadoes early Wednesday caused at least one weather-related fatality, destroyed the church, barns and other buildings and cut power for what could be days to tens of thousands of people.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2013 --- 3:10 p.m.

From our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:

NEW LONDON - Residents are looking through the debris at Trinity Lutheran Church after storms ripped through the area early Wednesday morning.

Pastor Bil Sutlief says the fellowship hall caved in at the church. He says the sanctuary has a gaping hole in its roof, and trees are scattered around the property.

Pastor Sutlief says insurance adjusters are on the scene, but no damage estimate is available at this time.

Nearby homes were damaged as well. Frank Bobbert lost trees, windows, and part of his roof.

The owner of Huckleberry Acres campground in the Town of Mukwa says about 50 of the 176 sites were damaged from the storm.

A National Weather Service meteorologist was in New London to determine if the storm was high winds, or possibly a tornado.

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