(Brownsville) The National Weather Service has confirmed that 16 tornadoes touched down in the region on Tuesday, and additional incidents are being investigated. Several trees were uprooted, and many buildings were damaged but no injuries were reported.
In Dodge County, an EF-2 tornado touched down west of Brownsville– crossing the Dodge-Fond du Lac County line – traveling nearly four miles with peak winds of 125mph. A second tornado, an EF-1, touched down in Brownsville and traveled for two-and-a-half miles with winds of 107 mph.
There were eight tornado’s that touched down in Fond du Lac County. An EF-1 tornado touched down in the town of Alto with winds reaching 100 mph, traveling a little more than one mile. Several trees were uprooted, with damage to some houses, large farm buildings and sheds. An EF-1 tornado touched down northeast of Waupun and traveled four-and-a-half miles with wind speeds of 94 mph before losing steam in Oakfield. The third, an EF-0 tornado, touched down south of Oakfield with peak winds of 80 mph. Two large farm buildings sustained roof damage and trees were uprooted. A fourth EF-1 tornado touched down west of South Byron with winds reaching 100 mph. The tornado traveled just under one mile. An EF-1 tornado touched down in South Byron with peak winds reaching 94 mph, traveling a fraction of a mile. An EF-1 tornado touched down east of South Byron, with peak winds reaching 90 mph, traveling three miles, ending southwest of Eden. An EF-1 tornado touched down near Eden and traveled four-and-a-half miles with 90 mph winds. The final tornado in Fond du Lac County was an EF-0 tornado that touched down in Dundee with 80 mph winds, traveling for a fraction of a mile.
Two tornados were reported in Green Lake County. An EF-1 tornado touched down west of the Village of Marquette that was on the ground for just over three miles with winds reaching 90 mph. An EF-0 tornado touched down northwest of Markesan cutting a two mile path with 80 mph winds.
Two tornados were reported in Marquette County, including an EF-1 northwest of Markesan. An EF-1 tornado touched down near the Calumet and Manitowoc County line, destroying a barn. In Sheboygan County, a tornado touched down briefly in Oostburg with 80 mph winds.
The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs press release also states:
“Recovery efforts continue in multiple communities after recent storms brought torrential rainfalls to several parts of the state, causing flooding. Some areas have seen rainfalls of up to 14 inches in the last two weeks. This has caused lake levels to rise in Dane County and pushed portions of the Kickapoo and Baraboo rivers to record levels. Members of the Wisconsin National Guard assisted with sandbagging operations in North Freedom and Baraboo on Thursday.
An additional half inch of rain could fall on parts of the state late Thursday night, while severe storms and up to 2-3 inches of rain are possible through Sunday in southern and eastern Wisconsin. Flash flood watches have also been issued for several Wisconsin counties.
Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday declared a statewide State of Emergency, which directs state agencies to assist local governments in their response to the flooding and allows the Wisconsin National Guard to be called to active duty by the adjutant general if requested. The governor on Thursday visited communities in eastern and southern Wisconsin damaged by storms that produced multiple tornadoes and caused flooding.
Below are the tornadoes from the August 28 storm that have been confirmed by the National Weather Service.
Private property owners should report flood and storm damage by calling 2-1-1 or 877-947-2211. Make sure to document damage by taking pictures and speak with your insurance agent. Multiple resources designed to help residents with their recovery efforts are being posted online athttp://readywisconsin.wi.gov/flooding/AUG2018.asp
Several roads throughout the state remain closed due to standing water or because of damage caused by flooding. Drivers are urged to check 511wi.gov for current road closure information, especially if they are traveling during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. If drivers encounter a closed route or standing water on a roadway, turn around and find another route. Do not drive around barricades or through water.
The Statewide Emergency Operations Center is currently elevated as the state monitors the situation and provides assistance to local emergency responders as requested.”