Monday storms cause power outages, damages, localized flooding


Monday storms cause power outages, damages, localized flooding

By Jon Byman and Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jun 21, 2011

Refresh this page often for the latest updates online, and check out TODAY'S TMJ4 and Newsradio 620 WTMJ for more; and click on the secondary video link to see raw video of the wet drive people encountered Monday morning.

12:05 p.m.
Now, We Energies tells us that about 20,300 customers are without power.  An increased number of customers lost it in the City of Waukesha, while another 2,300 customers lost power in southeastern Milwaukee County due to a construction situation.

Then, there's Six Flags Great America, where apparently there is a power outage there, too.

11:29 a.m.
New update from We Energies: 23,000 customers without power, with lots of issues in Waukesha County - in fact, more outages there than Kenosha County.

11:11 a.m.
More updates:
- Some schools in Racine had to shut their doors due to power outages there.
- One of the trains that was delayed coming into Milwaukee after storm damage will arrive around noon.
- Slick rain conditions caused a crash on the Marquette Interchange.

9:26 a.m.
Amtrak has a train stopped south of Sturtevant because of storm damage there.  Two more trains could be delayed from leaving Milwaukee because of it.

9:05 a.m.
Lots of localized flooding at southbound I-94 near Mitchell Interchange and on eastbound I-43/894 near 27th Street.  Traffic slowing in those areas.

8:56 a.m.
As the severe thunderstorm watch and warning are canceled, we're now getting the updates on what the storm has done - lots of localized flooding and the power outages listed below.

8:53 a.m.
That storm rumbling through has caused lots, and lots, more power outages.

We Energies now tells us about 20,000 customers have lost power.  Outages are mainly found in Racine and Kenosha Counties (12,000), Waukesha (3,800), mainly in Waukesha Co., and the City of Franklin (3,000).   Click here for more.

8:27 a.m.
Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties now have their warning extended until 9:00 a.m.

The National Weather Service is warning us that the kind of rains that are coming down can lead to flooding.

8:23 a.m.
The National Weather Service tells us that the next group of cities to be affected by the storm, which could produce straight-line 70mph winds or faster, includes
- Milwaukee County: Downtown Milwaukee, suburbs including Fox Point, Glendale, Greendale, Greenfield, South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, West Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay
- Waukeshs County: Downtown Waukesha, suburbs including Brookfield, Elm Grove, Menomonee Falls, New Beriln.

8:02 a.m.
So when does this severe weather end?  Storm Team 4Caster Scott Steele tells us about 9:00 a.m. or shortly afterward.

"This will continue to roll through here the next 60 to 90 minutes before the worst of it is done, and then we'll see some lingering shower activity, but still warm and muggy."

7:56 a.m.
More from Scott Steele on the storms heading our way - including spots in Waukesha County in the path of the storm:

"(Storms) continue now to race right through parts of the area.  (The storm "line") is what we call a "bow echo."  The center of the bow, if you picture like a bow and arrow, the center of the bow is expanding.  It's outracing the edges of the bow.

"Right now, you folks in eastern Walworth and western Racine and Kenosha Counties under the gun, getting hammered.  Probably, about 8:00 in Brighton, you'll be getting hit with some very strong winds and heavy downpours, frequent lightning as well.

"Folks in Jefferson County, on the northern edge of this maturing (storm),seeing some showers and thunderstorms, pretty intense right around the city of Jefferson and Lake Mills as well, right along I-94 as well.  That's heading for Waukesha County.

"I expect in Delafield, around 8:12, you'll start to see the worst of it, and 8:14 in Wales."

7:44 a.m.
More details on the warnings:

The National Weather Service tells us that a line of storms that could produce 70mph straight-line winds extends from Deerfield, to Whitewater to areas near Elkhorn and Walworth.

Places that are in the path of that storm line involves Lake Geneva, Lake Mills, Jefferson, East Troy, Twin Lakes, Mukwonago, Camp Lake, Paddock Lake, Wind Lake, Union Grove, Wales, Muskego, Pleasant Prairie, Sturtevant and Okauchee Lake.

Storm Team 4Caster Scott Steele suggests that people in the line of this storm should get to the lowest level of their home or business, and try to get to an interior room.

"There is no tornadic activity associated with this, but straight line winds could be just as damaging," says Steele.

Steele also says heavy downpours and localized flooding could happen as well.

7:37 a.m.
The warnings have now expanded.

New severe thunderstorms until 8:30 include:
- Milwaukee County
- Waukesha County
- Jefferson County
- Kenosha County
- Racine County
- Walworth County

7:36 a.m.
To add to the "what's coming our way," a semi has gone onto its side on I-90 near Beloit.

7:29 a.m.
New update from We Energies - about 2,000 customers without power in scattered areas.  Click here for more.

The storms heading our way have packed a big punch east of us.

Rock County reported trees down at Highway 18 and 81, and a semi truck was overturned in Monroe at 7:00 a.m.

More from We Energies: lightning causing many of the scattered outages in our areas.

7:19 a.m.
"We have had a very active weather morning, and it is just beginning," warns Scott Steele.

"Round one of the severe thunderstorms that were mainly focused to the northern half of our area have pushed out over Lake Michigan."

"Round two is approaching us from the west."

According to the National Weather Service, storms that had brought downed power lines and trees west of our viewing and listening area were headed toward Darien at about 7:25 a.m., Whitewater, Walworth and Delavan Lake around 7:30 a.m. and Palmyra around 7:40 a.m.

"A line of very intense storms is approaching our area, and right now is affecting folks from the State Capitol in Madison down toward the Illinois border, right around Beloit."

"We'll see those showers and strong to severe thunderstorms early in the day, and then we're going to become partly cloudy, hot and humid late in the day."

7:01 a.m.
Winds capable of surpassing 70 miles per hour now extended from New Glarus, to Brodhead, to Lake Summerset. 

6:50 a.m.
In the category of "told you so," storm warnings have returned to our area.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for southern Jefferson and western Walworth Counties until 7:45 a.m.

Winds of about 65 miles per hour were found from Monticello to Monroe Airport and Dakota, and the area impacted could include those areas.

6:43 a.m.
In the category of "it's coming closer," Dane County has just had a Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for them until 7:45 a.m.  

6:39 a.m.
Sheboygan County has been removed from the Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11:00 a.m.

6:30 a.m.
Ozaukee County's Sheriff staff tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ that there's "a couple trees down" from the storm.

6:28 a.m.
Lots of severe thunderstorm warnings are popping up in the southwestern counties of Wisconsin.  They could be heading our way, so pay attention this morning.  We'll keep you updated.

6:24 a.m.
Minutes ago, we got an update from We Energies - about 1100 customers without power in scattered areas.  Click here for more.

6:12 a.m.
Our first real report of damage from the storm coming into our newsroom: a report of a tree on fire and wires down in the Town of Merton, near Mapleton Road and West Shore Drive.

5:40 a.m.
All the warnings for our area have been dropped.  It's been a pattern this morning where we've seen warnings come, then become canceled, then pop up again, so stay tuned.

5:37 a.m.
We are getting reports of 70 mile per hour straight-line winds in the area of the severe thunderstorm warning.

5:31 a.m.
Sheboygan County's warning has been canceled.

5:23 a.m.
Fond du Lac County has been removed from the severe thunderstorm watch.

Storm Team 4Caster Scott Steele said that Sheboygan County was getting the worst of the storm at this time.

The National Weather Service said that the storm was capable of producing quarter-sized hail and 60 mph straight-line winds.

5:15 a.m.
A new severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for these counties until 6:00 a.m.:
Northern Milwaukee County
Northern Waukesha County
Ozaukee County
Eastern Sheboygan County
Southeastern Washington County

4:56 a.m.
The warnings for Dodge, Fond du Lac and Washington County have expired.  Newsradio 620 WTMJ talked to all three Sheriff's departments, and none of them report any damage yet.

4:12 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 5a for Dodge, Fond du Lac, and northwest Washington County.  The storms are producing destructive straight line winds in excess of 70 MPH.

3:44 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of southeast Wisconsin until 11 this morning.  A line of heavy storms is moving through the state now headed for our area.