Severe Weather Hits Area with Straight-Line Winds and Thunderstorms

(930am Update)Ripon Police Department Facebook reports that power is out throughout the city, with traffic signals not working on area streets.  Residents are asked to conserve water until power is restored. They are advising residents to only travel if it is absolutely essential.  Also, residents are asked to not try and clean up debris near downed or suspected to be downed power lines.  Trash pick up scheduled for today has been postponed till tomorrow to allow for crews to work on storm clean-up.

(730am Update) Sheriff Dale Schmidt says they received a few reports of trees down throughout the county.  He says it seems as if beaver dam may have gotten the worst of it, although he does not believe any injuries were reported due to the storms

(7am Update) Speaking with Dodge County Emergency Management Director Amy Nehls, she reports the area was mostly affected by the straight line winds which caused numerous tree damage throughout the area with power outages still affecting many residents of the area.

 

(Wisconsin) There were widespread reports of power outages and downed trees throughout the region as storms moved through between 12:30am and 1:30am triggering tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings.  In the city of Beaver Dam, there were numerous reports of power lines down on streets including Gilmore, Park and Davis. The Department of Public Works barricaded several streets because of power lines across the roadway waiting on utility crews, who had a busy night.

Aliant Energy is reporting 281 outages across their service area affecting more than 20 thousand customers in southern Wisconsin. WE Energies is reporting 446 outages across the communities they serve affecting nearly 43 thousand customers throughout the state.  Overall reports show 2089 customers affected in Dodge County, 3700 in Green Lake County, 240 in Columbia, 4861 in Jefferson, and 5634 customers affected in Fond du Lac County.