Widespread storm damage in Northeast Wisconsin; 4 tornadoes reported
UPDATE: Preliminary National Weather Service reports indicate four tornadoes touched down in Northeast Wisconsin, in:
- Navarino/Lessor area
- Gresham/Keshena area
NWS meteorologists used video sent to FOX 11's ReportIt to determine that the Gresham/Keshena tornado touched down.
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The Red Cross says it is assisting those affected by the tornadoes by opening the Town Hall in Lessor.
UPDATE: The storms have knocked out power to thousands of people.
In Waushara County, the sheriff's office says there is damage across the county. The heaviest damage appears to be in a corridor from Richford to Wautoma to Wild Rose to Saxeville. Trees and power lines are down, and some buildings have been damaged. There have been no reports of major injuries. One person reported minor cuts.
Trees are down in the Green Bay area:
In the Pulaski area, more damage was found:
ThedaCare said the storms damaged several of its facilities throughout the area. The most severe damage was the ThedaCare At Home retail clinic in Appleton where the roof was heavily damaged and the power is off and gas line was cut. Other facilities, like the one in Waupaca are operating on generators. The Wild Rose location has reports of trees down, some landing on the roof, causing damage.
ThedaCare says its At Home retail stores on College Avenue in Appleton and within ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca are closed on Thursday, due to storm damage. Stores will be open in New London, Oshkosh and Shawano.
According to Waushara County officials, the storms did a lot of damage throughout the county. The main damage appears to be in an area that runs from Richford to Wautoma to Wild Rose and to Saxeville. Many trees and power lines are down and some structures are damaged. At this time, no major injuries have been reported, just one person with minor cuts. Fire departments have been dispatched to check their areas.
In Outagamie County, parts of the Appvion warehouse in Appleton was damaged as well as more trees down, covering streets and sidewalks.
The city of Appleton says it has dispatched city workers to help with clean-up efforts. Officials say there are still live wires and hazards throughout the city and barricades are put in place to keep residents away from those dangerous areas. Drivers should NOT drive around the barricades but avoid them entirely. Power outages are also affecting street lights. Drivers are reminded that in the absence of working lights, intersections should be treated as a four-way stop.
UPDATE: Street flooding has been reported in Clintonville and Oshkosh.
UPDATE: The National Weather Service says tornadoes have touched down in Shawano County. One was a mile south of Frazer Corners, which is west of Pulaski. Another was five miles southeast of the Navarino Wildlife Area.
The National Weather Service has changed its report to say that a funnel cloud was spotted near Keshena but did not touch down.
NWS initially reported it was a tornado, which means it touched down. However, a revised report says it never touched the ground.
The National Weather Service says law enforcement reported the funnel cloud near Hwy. VV, about five miles west of Keshena, around 1:50 p.m.
No damage was reported.