Storms tear through Appleton's southeast side

A warehouse in Appleton is damaged during storms June 14, 2017. (WLUK/Alex Ronallo)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- The Fox Valley was hit hard by Wednesday's storms.

Near the intersection of College and Kensington avenues on Appleton's east side, a warehouse building has had part of its outer wall ripped off. There was debris hanging from power lines.

And this was only one piece of the damage we found after the storm.

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"It was scary. I've been in a few before, but this one was bad," said Tom Hahn of Appleton.

Hahn and his wife emerged from their basement Wednesday afternoon to find a tree in their backyard had narrowly missed their house. Hahn tells us he's not surprised the storm knocked over trees.

"I looked at some of these trees outside, they were almost laying down. I said, 'let's go down to the basement!'"

Hahn says he could tell the storm was especially strong.

"From the basement we could hear trees crashing, things hitting the roof and the siding and the windows."

Up and down a neighborhood on the southeast side of Appleton it was a similar story: trees, branches and debris everywhere.

"The wind picked up like crazy," said Lee Grosskreutz of Appleton. "All of a sudden the wind was blowing and everything was flying."

The storm got ugly fast.

The warehouse at College and Kensington sustained serious damage thanks to the high winds. You could see panels of the outer walls ripped away.

A semi truck at the warehouse was tipped on its side.

"It came up pretty quickly and it's kind of isolated," said Sgt. Dave Lund of the Appleton Police Dept.

Lund says the storm mostly affected the city's southeast side.

He has warnings for those starting to clean up.

"If there's any chance that there's any wires down we need people to stay away from those," he said. "If there's any possible injuries we need to be alerted to that."

These neighbors say it could be a very long clean up too.

"I think we've only had, maybe, one storm that was anywhere near like this and that was years ago," Grosskreutz said.

"It's going to be a lot of clean up," Hahn said. "So you're going to hear a lot of chainsaws running for the next few days."

According to Appleton police, there was not much, if any, serious damage reported on the city's north side. And all the damage we saw throughout the day was isolated to the southeast part of the city.

City leaders say power outages can be reported to We Energies at 1-800-662-4797. See current power outages here.

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