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UPDATE: Strong storms moving through Wisconsin

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UNDATED (WKOW) -- Severe weather continues to move through Wisconsin and is expected to affect the State until the early morning hours. The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Madison is actively monitoring the storms, with staff from Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Wisconsin National Guard Joint Operations Center in attendance. No injuries have been reported at this time.

There have been multiple reports of localized flooding, due in part to heavy rains of 4-5 inches in some areas. Downed trees and power lines have also been reported in numerous areas. The National Weather Service expects that the energy level of the storm will diminish after midnight, but that the storm will still be capable of producing isolated tornadoes, damaging thunderstorm winds and large hail until morning.

Several counties are under warnings and watches for severe weather and tornadoes. Most of the state is expected to be impacted by the severe weather tonight. The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance for tornadoes, straight-line winds, hail, heavy rains and flash flooding for much of the state throughout the evening.

Below are the latest damage reports as of 8:00 p.m.: 

  • Marathon County - Scattered trees and power lines down, localized flooding and residential lightning strikes. Downed trees and power outages are also reported in Calumet, Lincoln, Waupaca and Wood Counties.
  • Outagamie County is partially activating their EOC in response to localized flooding in Appleton, Greenville and Kaukauna. The storm is still active in the area, and additional rainfall is expected. There is no request for state assistance at this time.
  • Trempealeau County is reporting two possible tornados touchdowns, strong winds and widespread heavy rain. Several trees are down in the towns of Hale and Pigeon, but no structural damage or injuries have been reported.

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UNDATED (WKOW) -- Here's the latest release from the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center:

Severe weather has been moving across Wisconsin causing some damage. No report of injuries at this time. The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Madison has been activated to monitor the storms. Staff from Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Wisconsin National Guard Joint Operations Center are in the EOC.

Several counties are under warnings and watches for severe weather and tornadoes. Most of the state is expected to be impacted by the severe weather tonight. The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance for tornadoes, straight-line winds, hail, heavy rains and flash flooding for much of the state throughout the evening.

Below are the latest damage reports as of 4:30 p.m.

    St. Croix County - Storms hit an area outside of Hammond damaging about 30 homes. Two of the homes sustained major damage, 1 minor, and the rest were effected.

    Sawyer County - Crews are cleaning up after storms downed trees and power lines. There are also reports of some homes damaged.

    Downed trees and power outages are also reported in Burnett and Washburn Counties.

Wisconsin Emergency Management Regional Directors are in contact with their county emergency directors to gather storm reports and offer any state assistance. Fire Services Coordinator Keith Tveit is also ready to respond with WEM response equipment.

For further information, contact Wisconsin Emergency Management at 608-242-3232.

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HUDSON (WKOW) -- Strong storms moving through northwestern Wisconsin have caused some structural damage.

The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department says a garage was destroyed near Hammond and a roof was blown off a house Wednesday. They're also dealing with reports of fallen trees.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the northwest two-thirds of Wisconsin with thunderstorm warnings elsewhere to the north.

Severe thunderstorms are expected to head toward south central Wisconsin this evening.

A heat advisory is also in effect for portions of west central and southwest Wisconsin through Wednesday afternoon.

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