Interstate closures and numerous damage reports were just some of the effects felt by Wisconsin residents Wednesday after a host of tornadoes touched down in the state.
After the epic derecho in Indiana, severe thunderstorms rumbled through Wisconsin, as well as parts of Iowa and Illinois, and conjured up the first tornado in the late afternoon on Wednesday in Oakdale, Wisconsin; this was one of several that touched down in the eastern portion of the state.
— AccuWeather (@accuweather) June 16, 2022
Multiple tornadoes were reported between Oakdale and neighboring Tomah, Wisconsin, with a large tornado causing a partial closure of I-90 and I-94.
Motorists on Interstate 90 were stuck in a standstill in the early evening hours Wednesday, with officials rerouting traffic due to multiple tipped-over semi-trucks.
— Sean Ash (@SeanAshWX) June 15, 2022
In Mauston, Wisconsin, law enforcement confirmed tornado damage to a local hospital, with the severity of the damage unknown as of 6 p.m. CDT Wednesday.
Another tornado popped up around the same time in Bowler, Wisconsin, in the central region of the state.
A large tornado likely crossed I-90/94 near Oakdale, WI. Part of the interstate is closed between Tomah and Oakdale. The image below shows the incident and an image of the possible tornado before the camera went down. Hoping everyone is ok! #Wiwx pic.twitter.com/st6WfTohQn
— Aaron White (@AaronWhiteTV) June 15, 2022
On Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 Tornado passed through sections of Mauston in Juneau County, Wisconsin, on Wednesday.
The tornado had estimated peak winds of 90 mph and a path length of 8.4 miles.
Later in the evening, a tornado was reported to be at least half a mile wide in the Wyeville, Wisconsin, area, with numerous hardwood trees snapped along the tornado’s path.
Extensive tree damage and some homes destroyed in Wyeville WI area. Tornado at least half mile wide with numerous hardwoods snapped along its path. Significant tornado
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) June 16, 2022
What was called a “significant” tornado event also destroyed several homes in the area.
Tornado warnings were prevalent throughout the entire state Wednesday, with sirens heard in the Green Bay suburb of De Pere, Wisconsin:
— Chris Knight (@ChrisKnight) June 16, 2022
As of 8:13 p.m. CDT Wednesday, over 122,000 Wisconsin residents were without power due to the swath of storms, according to PowerOutageUS.
The highest concentration of outages was in the eastern part of the state, including a 70 percent outage (55,058 tracked customers) in Brown County. By 6 a.m. CDT Thursday, that number had dropped to just under 88,000.
Threat areas for severe weather will move farther to the east, with potentially isolated tornadoes heading for New York to southern West Virginia and western Virginia Thursday afternoon and evening. [Accuweather]
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