(Dodge County) Storms swept through Wisconsin Tuesday night and the Dodge County region experienced torrential rain and high winds, downing trees and knocking out power. The National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan office reported wind gusts of up to 70 miles an hour and quarter size hail in some areas. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect as the front pushed through Beaver Dam just before 8:30pm.
Alliant Energy reported up to 24-thousand customers without power from 473 separate outages. That number is now down to about 3500 customers and 279 outages, as of 9am. Alliant officials say they expect most customers to be back in service this afternoon, with all remaining customers out restored by early evening.
Hundreds of customers had been without power in Beaver Dam, where a tree blocked the southbound lanes of State Highway 33/ North Center Streets. City Department of Public Works crews had the state highway cleared within one hour. Trees also completely blocked Grove and DeClark streets. Damage was reported on the Beaver Dam High School campus at HH Derleth Field.
Beaver Dam Police Lt. Matt Riel noted that the 9-1-1 dispatch center in Juneau has been overwhelmed and non-emergency matters will have to wait until Wednesday. Listen to our conversation with Lt Riel here:
Waupun Municipal Government reported that utility crews dealt with a power outage on West Franklin Street. Waupun DPW crews also cleared downed trees from roadways in several spots around the community.
We Energies reported about 100 customers without power in the Watertown-area.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to 57 incidents of trees blocking the roadway, trees on homes, and downed power lines. There were no reported injuries however there are reports of extensive damage to some residences and buildings.
Markesan Police shared a video on their Facebook page of a rare gustnado traveling ahead of a storm that looks similar to a tornado but does not cause the damage associated with a tornado.
Storm damage on East Circle Drive in Beaver Dam (courtesy of Lisa Klatt):
Image of Outage Map from AlliantEnergy.com at 9pm Tuesday: