Wednesday, August 12, 2020

STORM UPDATES: Cleanup expected to take days across Racine County

From The Journal

RACINE COUNTY — Storm cleanup is expected to continue “for the next couple of days,” Caledonia Public Works Director Tom Lazcano told The Journal Times on Tuesday afternoon, one day after high winds ripped down trees and heavy rains created sinkholes and other damage throughout Racine County.
“The Racine County Communications Center was inundated with calls,” Racine Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael DeGarmo said in an email. “The nature of storm related calls included wires down on vehicles, wires down on houses, fallen trees on cars — with possible entrapment — and houses, flooding of buildings near electrical equipment and vehicles submerged attempting to pass through standing water.”
The Racine Fire Department responded to nearly 30 calls between 4:15 and 6 p.m. during the storm, making for an incredibly busy day.
At least two tornadoes, rated as minimal EF-0s, touched down in southeastern Wisconsin Monday, the National Weather Service has confirmed. With winds up to 80 mph, twisters caused some damage in Lake Geneva in Walworth County and in the Camp Lake area of western Kenosha County. Another small tornado in the same storm system touched down in Chicago.
Southeast Wisconsin didn’t get the worst of the “derecho” storm, which included winds in excess of 100 mph in Iowa where damage was more widespread and one woman was killed while clutching a young child inside her mobile home. A 51-year-old woman in Pevely, Missouri also died in the storm when a tree branch fell on her before 6 p.m. Monday.

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