UPDATED Friday, May 25, 2012 --- 11:50 a.m.
From the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center:
Clean up continues this morning following severe storms that hit the northern and central portions of Wisconsin yesterday afternoon and evening. Straight line winds with gusts up to 70 mph, hail, heavy rain and a tornado were reported. Several utilities are still reporting some scattered power outages this morning due to downed power lines but most power should be fully restored later today. While there were homes damaged and public utilities affected by the downed trees, no injuries were reported as a result of this weather event.
Here is the current update:
Eau Claire & Chippewa area: Straight lines winds hit the Chippewa Valley around 4:30 last night. Many areas reported downed trees and power lines. This morning, a few streets remain closed due to debris including the bridge on Short Street that crosses the Chippewa River. Crews are working to quickly remove debris and open up streets. In Eau Claire, the wastewater treatment plant continues to run on generator power but the lift stations are operational. Xcel Energy is reporting about 1500 customers are still without power but power should be fully restored this afternoon. There are reports of damage to grave stones and uprooted trees at the Lakeview Cemetery. The Lake Hallie Fire Department responded to a vacant house fire last night that was caused by lightning.
Marathon County: Shortly before 7:00 p.m., a tornado was spotted by law enforcement officials about six miles west of Rib Mountain near Wausau. The National Weather Service in Green Bay is working with local officials to confirm and determine the strength of the tornado. The tornado touched down at 7:02 p.m. near County Road N & Marathon Road and traveled northeast. It was on the ground for about 6 minutes and traveled about 5 miles in a wooded area. No reports of any structural damage and no injuries.
Other areas reporting storm damage include:
Wood County: Rains and strong winds were reported. In Auburndale, winds blew off the roof of a vacant mobile home in the Prairie Meadow Park. No one was injured.
Dunn County - A few trees down and some electrical outages.
Grant County- Spot fires due to power lines down but no damage reported.
Taylor County- Trees and power lines were down on Highway H just outside of Thorp.
Clark County- Roof blown off house three miles southwest of Spencer.
Trempealeau County- Trees down in Arcadia but no reports of damage.
Portage County - Tree damage reported in Plover.
Vilas County - Tree damage
Douglas & Bayfield Counties - Spot flooding of streets. One home with basement flooding reported in Bayfield County.
Door County - Scattered trees and power outages.
Brown County: Minor powers outages and tree damage.
Marquette County: Some tree damage reported. Several power lines were down and started a few wild land fires. The DNR and local fire departments were able to extinguish the fires quickly.
Wisconsin Emergency Management is engaged with the local officials and will continue to monitor the progress of the recovery efforts. While there have been no requests for state assistance, Wisconsin Emergency Management stands ready to help.
UPDATED Friday, May 25, 2012 --- 5:55 a.m.
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- The cleanup has already started in Wisconsin from storms that packed heavy rain, high wind and even a tornado.
The damaging storms moved through western, central and northern Wisconsin, uprooting huge trees and knocking down power lines.
The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down about two miles south of Marathon City in Marathon County about 7 p.m. Thursday. A State Patrol trooper spotted the tornado, which was on the ground intermittently for about five minutes. There were no reports of injuries.
Wisconsin Emergency Management says some streets were closed in Eau Claire Thursday because of the downed power lines and trees. The strong winds toppled a radio station tower, knocking several stations off the air.
Utility crews worked to restore power to thousands of customers who lost service in the storm.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.
UPDATED: Thursday, May 24, 2012 --- 10:00p.m.
State of Wisconsin's Emergency Operations Center:
Severe storms, strong winds and an isolated tornado hit the northern and central portions of Wisconsin this afternoon and evening. Tornado Warnings were issued for Marathon, Lincoln, and Langlade counties and have since expired. Most of the severe weather should move out of the state in the next few hours. There have been no reports of injuries as a result of the storms. Several utilities are reporting scattered power outages due to downed power lines with nearly 12,000 customers reported without power.
Here is the current update:
City of Eau Claire: A severe storm hit the city around 4:30 today. The hardest hit areas were the west and southwest areas of the city. No injuries have been reported. City officials report that six arterial streets are closed due to downed power lines and trees. Numerous homes and businesses are without power. Xcel Energy crews are on the scene trying to restore power. Emergency officials report the city wastewater treatment plant is running on generator power. The strong winds knocked down a radio station tower causing several stations off the air. Officials advise people to stay away from the impacted areas until the debris and downed power lines can be removed.
Marathon County: Shortly before 7:00 p.m., a tornado was spotted about six miles west of Rib Mountain near Wausau. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
Douglas County: Earlier tonight, parts of northwestern Wisconsin were hit with heavy showers. Douglas County Emergency Management reports part of the county received more than two inches of rain causing several streets to flood and to be closed.
Door County: Earlier this afternoon, strong winds downed trees and power lines. Over 900 customers were without power; however most of the power has been restored.
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 --- 9:32p.m.
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Weather officials have confirmed a tornado touched down about two miles south of Marathon City in Marathon County, and was on the ground intermittently for about five minutes.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or major structural damage.
Jeff Last is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He says that at about 7 p.m. Thursday, a Wisconsin State Patrol officer saw the tornado touch down. It was on the ground off and on for several miles as it moved northeast.
Last says the tornado lifted off the ground about two miles northwest of Rib Mountain State Park.
He says the storm was fast-moving.
Local authorities are surveying the area. So far, they have seen several downed trees.
Streamline winds also downed trees as storms moved across the state.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.