Storms move out of Wisconsin, counties take stock of tornado damage

Storms move out of Wisconsin, counties take stock of tornado damage


Severe weather hit southern Wisconsin on Saturday, with at least one confirmed tornado spotted near Janesville. Watch for live coverage of the storm:

Social media posts show signs of destruction in Wisconsin communities

The extent of the damage from Saturday night’s storms has not yet been determined. There were several reports of tornadoes in southern Wisconsin, including in Janesville, near Watertown and across Marshall, according to the National Weather Service.

Posts on social media showed some glimpses of the damage caused by the storms.

City of Janesville reports a tornado touched down causing ‘considerable damage’

In a post on its website, the city of Janesville said a tornado touched down in the south part of the city, causing “considerable damage to structures and infrastructure.”

“First responders are currently on scene and the city has activated its Emergency Operations Center to mobilize additional resources,” the post said.

The city asked residents to stay away from the south side of the city due to the danger posed by downed trees and power lines. Residents were also asked to avoid driving through standing water.

For questions, residents were asked to contact the city at 608-373-6025.

Over 30,000 customers without power following storms, tornado sightings

More than 12,000 We Energies customers — most of them in southeastern Wisconsin — are without power as of 10 p.m. Saturday after storms swept through the area and prompted tornado watches and even warnings in some counties.

Alliant Energy reported that about 20,000 customers were affected by outages in its service area, which covers parts of Wisconsin and Iowa. Alliant Energy’s outages were mostly concentrated in southern Wisconsin, including in and around Janesville, where a tornado sighting was reported Saturday night. Several areas in Walworth County, including around Walworth and Williams Bay, also reported significant outages.

Janesville likely sustained “significant damage” on the south side from the reported tornado

Emergency responders are assessing the extent of damage in Janesville, where a tornado was spotted Saturday night, said Mark Elland, shift chief at the Rock County Communications Center.

“From what we’re hearing, we probably have significant tornado damage on the south side of Janesville,” Elland told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a brief interview around 9:30 p.m.

The county’s 911 center received calls reporting everything from downed trees and power lines to flooded roads and damage to homes, Elland said.

A tornado warning was in effect for much of southern Wisconsin Saturday night after a tornado was spotted near Watertown, Janesville and other towns, while other parts of southern Wisconsin remain under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.: 00, according to the National Meteorological Service.

Tornado warnings have since expired.

A tornado warning has been issued for southeast Kenosha County until 9:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Earlier in the evening, other tornado warnings were issued for parts of Dane, Dodge, Green, Jefferson, Rock and Walworth counties, according to the NWS. These warnings have since expired.

Some of the warnings were issued after a tornado was spotted, including near Watertown, located about halfway between Madison and Milwaukee, around 7:35 p.m. Saturday, according to an NWS bulletin.

Another tornado sighting occurred just south of Janesville at 7:52 pm

“A confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was located over Janesville, moving east at 40 mph,” the NWS said.

The National Weather Service advised people in places under a tornado warning to take shelter.

A bulletin issued by the National Weather Service on Saturday also said a tornado was spotted over Marshall around 7:15 p.m.

A tornado watch was in effect until 10 pm for southern Wisconsin, including the following counties: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Kenosha, Lafayette, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha , according to the National Meteorological Service.

The tornado watch has since expired.

A tornado watch is less serious than a tornado warning. A watch is issued when weather conditions favor storms that produce tornado conditions in or near the “watch” area, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service noted that in addition to the possibility of tornadoes, southern Wisconsin could see damaging wind gusts and large hail.

Several southern Wisconsin counties were also under flash flood warnings until 10:45 p.m. Saturday, including parts of Columbia, Dane, Dodge and Jefferson counties. Rock County was under a flash flood warning until 11 p.m., and Sauk County was under one until 9:45 p.m., according to NWS bulletins issued around 8 p.m.

Saturday’s storms came on a very busy day for music, with several outdoor concerts planned Saturday in Milwaukee and the area, including Summerfest concerts, the second installment of the Tacos and Tequila Festival at Franklin Field and a concert by the band Dave Matthews at Alpine Valley. East Troy Musical Theatre.

Alpine Valley Music Theater posted on social media Saturday night that the Dave Matthews Band concert has been postponed to a later date. The location previously posted on Facebook that they were evacuating the location and asking people to seek shelter in their vehicles.

Meanwhile, several shows at Summerfest were called off around 7:45 due to the weather.

Anime, opening for R&B superstar SZA, cut short her show at Summerfest around 8:20pm on Saturday due to the weather.

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Reporters Jessica Rodriguez, Piet Levy and Chris Foran contributed to this story.