Storm damage widespread in Fond du Lac, Dodge counties following tornado sightings


    A building is damaged south of Oakfield Aug. 28, 2018. (WLUK/Ben Krumholz)

    FOND DU LAC/DODGE COUNTIES, Wis. (WLUK) -- Damage is widespread in southern Fond du Lac and and northern Dodge counties after the National Weather Service confirmed three tornado sightings Tuesday.

    It's not clear whether sightings reported in Campbellsport, near Oakfield and near Brandon were of the same tornado or separate tornadoes.

    A tree rests on a power line in Oakfield Aug. 28, 2018. (WLUK/Ben Krumholz)

    Damage ranged from downed trees to roofs torn off homes and barns.

    While some cleanup has already started, most people are just starting to assess what happened.

    Just south of Oakfield, Eric Schonasky was getting help moving his belongings to safety after the roof was torn off his home.

    "When the internet cable left I knew we were done," Schonaksy said. "Nothing you could do as long as me and my wife were OK. Our cat is in the basement someplace, so that is all that matters."


    Schonasky and his wife were in the basement went the storm went through.

    "It was real quick," he said. "It was probably done in 10 seconds and then all the ceilings were falling in the house. We are trying to drag out everything we can to save anything."

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    While Schonasky's home was the only one that suffered damage in his immediate area, just south in Brownsville, the damage was more widespread.

    "It's just disaster everywhere in town," said Danielle Christian.

    She and her husband came home from work to find a tree resting on their newly purchased home.

    "I'm driving home, there is trees down everywhere and just then we came home to this," Christian said. "Not really something we expected after just buying the house."

    Luckily for the Christians, any damage to the home appears to be minimal.

    "Now it's time for cleanup."

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