UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 --- 9:00 a.m.
From the City of Beloit:
July 31, 2012 - Due to the severe storm that took place on Tuesday, July 24, residents can participate in free curbside collection of storm debris through Friday, August 3, 2012.
Beginning Monday, August 6, yard waste and storm debris must again be properly contained in a clean container, paper, or Back to Nature bio-degradable yard waste bag. Containers may be no larger than 39 gallons and weigh no more than 60 pounds. Yard waste cannot be contained in plastic bags. A $1.50 sticker must be affixed to each bag, container, and/or bundles.
Stickers may be purchased at any City of Beloit municipal building, ACE Hardware stores, Walgreens, Woodman's, and ShopKo.
For more information, call the City of Beloit Public Works Operations Division at (608) 364-2929
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 --- 6:00p.m.
Rock Energy Cooperative crews will continue to work through the evening to restore power to members who lost electricity during Tuesday morning’s storm.
About 4,800 members lost power when severe thunderstorms and straight-line winds rolled through the area about 5 a.m. Of the total, 4,500 outages were reported in the co-op’s Illinois service territory, mostly in the South Beloit and Rockton areas.
The entire Rock Energy line crew started working to restore power about 5 a.m. They were joined this afternoon by two line workers from Vernon Electric Cooperative in Westby, Wis., and four from Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative in Friendship, Wis.
Crews were dispatched first to areas where repairs can be made to restore power to the greatest number of members in the shortest amount of time. In many cases, line workers needed to clear large tree limbs from the power lines before beginning the restoration work.
As of 4 p.m., about 1,800 members remained without power. Most of the outages were expected to be resolved by early evening.
Due to the high volume of calls to the co-op this morning, some members had difficulty getting through to report their outages. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank members for their patience and understanding as we deal with this storm.
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 --- 4:21p.m.
City of Beloit crews are still working on clearing debris throughout the City of Beloit. As of 3:00p.m., Alliant Energy listed 1,262 customers without power, down from the 7,000 customers who experience power outages this morning.
Several roads are still closed to through traffic due to either a downed power line, or significant debris. The City's Public Works crews and City inspectors will continue to assess the damage and roads will be open after debris is removed and power lines are properly removed and repaired.
Residents are encouraged to use caution when clearing debris on their private property. Residents may place their debris on their terrace and Public Works crews will pick up the debris beginning Wednesday, July 25, through Friday, August 3. Refuse and recycling pick-up will remain on schedule but may be delayed due to anticipated high volumes.
This morning, emergency crews responded to 220 emergency calls within six hours.
The Fire Department initiated a Disaster Box alarm and received the assistance of ten Fire Departments.
This morning the City of Beloit had 80 firefighters available to assist with the high call volume. The Department of Public Works deployed 69 crew members on the streets helping with debris removal. The Department of Public Works requested mutual aid and will have the assistance of two municipalities on Wednesday, July 25 to assist with debris removal.
UPDATED Tuesday, July 24, 2012 --- 12:36 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Cleanup continues in southern Wisconsin where a powerful storm system produced winds between 50 and 60 mph early Tuesday.
There are no reports of injuries. But, Wisconsin Emergency Management says numerous roads and streets were blocked by tree debris and power lines.
In Rock County, the city of Beloit was hit hard and opened its emergency operations center. Numerous trees and power lines are down. Utility crews are making progress on bringing 7,000 people who lost power back on line.
In Green County, the storm blew out a window at a car dealership in Monroe and some homes had minor roof damage. Minor damage was also reported in Lafayette, Sauk and Iowa counties.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.
UPDATED Tuesday, July 24, 2012 --- 11:45 a.m.
From the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center:
Clean up continues this morning following an early morning storm system that moved thru Lafayette to Rock counties. The National Weather Service reports the storm moved through the area between 4:00-6:00 a.m. with winds gusting between 50-60 mph. No reports of any injuries or deaths. Numerous streets and roads were blocked due to falling tree debris and power lines.
Storm information reported:
Rock County: Officials in Rock County are conducting damage assessments this morning following the storm. The hardest hit areas were along the Wisconsin/Illinois border - specifically the Beloit area. The city of Beloit's Emergency Operations Center was opened in response to the storm. Numerous trees and power lines were down. At least 7,000 were without power at first, but utility crews continue to get customers back online. The YMCA sustained minor roof damage.
Green County: The storm blew down numerous trees and power lines. A car dealership in Monroe had a window blown out. Officials report minor roof damage to some homes. Some scattered power outages.
Other areas: Minor storm damage was also reported in Lafayette, Sauk and Iowa counties.
Wisconsin Emergency Management remains engaged with the local officials and state agencies in monitoring the heat advisory that remains in effect for parts of southern Wisconsin and storm damage. The State Emergency Operations Center currently remains at Level 4, monitoring events. While there have been no requests for state assistance, Wisconsin Emergency Management stands ready to help.
UPDATED Tuesday, July 24, 2012 --- 9:35 a.m.
From the City of Beloit - Assistant to the City Manager:
At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, the City of Beloit experienced a severe thunderstorm with 52 miles-per-hour winds.
The Fire Department initiated a Disaster Box alarm and the city of Beloit opened an Emergency Operation Center.
Homes and vehicles were damaged by storm debris but there have been no reports of injuries.
At 6:00 a.m., nearly 7,000 Beloit customers were without power.
By 8:30 a.m., power to 3,600 customers were restored leaving 3,400 customers without power.
The City's Public Works crews and City inspectors are assessing the damage. Roads will be open after debris is removed and power lines are properly removed and repaired.
The City of Beloit's Public Works Department will announce a debris removal plan for residents with tree damage on their private property.
When the pick-up dates are announced, Public Works will accept tree limbs up to 4-inches in diameter.
A list of licensed tree trimmers will be posted on the City's website this morning.
The Police and Fire Department encourages residents to call (608) 757-2244 with non-emergency calls and 911 if they have an emergency.
Public Works questions should be directed to (608) 364-2929.
Posted Tuesday, July 24, 2012 --- 9:20 a.m.
Severe storms pounded southern Wisconsin this morning - knocking out power to thousands of customers.
At one point, Alliant Energy reported nearly 7,500 customers without power in Rock County. As of 7:25 a.m., 4,945 customers didn't have electricity.
Power outages are also reported in Green and Lafayette County.
Viewers reported trees and tree limbs down in the Beloit area.
Here is the Storify timeline (images we've collected from Twitter & Facebook) created by NBC15: