Storm tears through northern Dodge County

August 29, 2018

A storm tore through northern Dodge County on Tuesday, leaving residents across the area without power and with widespread damage to clear up.

Residents were being cautioned about downed power lines as repair crews worked in ongoing rain Tuesday night.

Strong thunderstorms that elicited a tornado warning moved through the county around 4 p.m. The storm caused damage to trees, power lines and poles and other structures in the area of Waupun, Brownsville and Lomira.

The Dodge County central dispatch began receiving calls with reports of damage after sounding tornado warnings, and first responders were sent to the areas of State Highways 49 and 175. They assisted with road closures as power companies worked to fix downed lines. A barn was knocked down in the vicinity.

The National Weather Service reported possible tornado damage in a swath extending from southern Marquette County across Green Lake County and into Fond du Lac County. Storms knocked down trees and power lines in that area Tuesday afternoon. Meteorologist J.J. Wood with the National Weather Service in Sullivan said he was not aware of any injuries. NWS will send a survey team to confirm if the damage was caused by a tornado.

The county’s emergency management contacted NWS and provided photos and locations of damage. Residents with damage to their property should take pictures and contact their insurance companies.

In Lomira, residents were out surveying the damage, cleaning out debris and making sure their neighbors were OK. Everyone seemed to be fine on Willow Street, where trees were ripped apart and a lean-to lost its roof. Some chose to head to the mobile home park’s shelter while others waited out the storm.

“Everybody’s just out walking around because you don’t know what else to do,” Willow Street resident Penny Essmann said. A tree fell in front of her house, brushing the roof.

A young girl looking at metal strewn around across the street pointed out that they couldn’t play in their yard anymore.

“It’s not a life bucket list kind of thing, but at least I survived,” resident Jason Watson said.

In Waupun, Mayor Julie Nickel asked residents on Facebook to stay off the streets and check on their neighbors if it was safe to do so as utility companies came in to assist in repairing the main transformer and power lines. She said the city had declared a local state of emergency.

A tornado touched down near Oakfield in Fond du Lac County at 4:10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Alto, a few miles northwest of Waupun, opened the community center for residents who needed shelter. A generator was supplying power to the center.

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