One dead, more than 50k without power due to severe storms
Jaclyn Brandt, Keller Russell
DE PERE - Severe weather hit northeast Wisconsin Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, causing severe damage to many homes, power lines, and trees. There were reports of winds up to 80 mph in Outagamie County.
A worker was killed in Marinette County while cleaning up debris, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management. The incident happened when two workers were hit by a vehicle. There is no word on the condition of the other worker.
There are additional outages all over the northeast part Wisconsin. Nearly 53,000 customers were without power, and We Energies said it could be up to three days before the power it turned back on.
Appleton Medical Center lost power Wednesday morning and is operating on generator. All surgeries have been canceled for the day.
State Highway 57 will be closed to an indeterminate amount of time due to a downed power transmission line.
The storm brought major destruction to Applecreek Campgrounds in De Pere, knocking down trees and power lines. Some campers were trapped in their campers by fallen trees. Rescue crews had to cut people out of their rigs.
About 50 to 60 campers were staying at the campsite, and all are reported unharmed.
Power crews are also busy working on reported gas leaks in Kaukauna. Trailers were overturned and multiple trees were snapped and fell onto power lines.
And about 10 miles south in Two Rivers, a tree downtown crashed into the road appearing to have taken a direct hit from lightning.
While Curt and Alicia are thankful for their safety, the damage they’re faced with is overwhelming.
“We weren’t even here a whole year yet. We just bought this house.”
There were numerous other reports of collapsed buildings, including houses, barns and a church.
The National Weather Service will be out here today surveying the damage to determine what exactly caused it. They will also be investigating a possible tornado in Wrightstown.