Severe weather downs trees, cuts power
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Severe storms moving through our area downed trees and cut power late Monday night.
Strong winds of 60-65 mph were reported, causing some trees and branches to come down. Trees were reported down in the immediate La Crosse area and also down at Goose Island Park/Campground.
Campers there said the storm gave them quite the scare.
“We see the Whole Mississippi [from our campsite], and everything comes over the hills, and you see the lightning,” remembers Sue Lachman, a camper at Goose Island. “One thing we were hoping not to see was the funnel.”
County crews said it took several hours to clean up the camping ground, work that included removing a tree that blocked the entryway Monday night.
“There is always that little bit of fear,” Lachman said. “What happens if we have to get out of here?”
There were several downed trees in the parking lot near UW-La Crosse’s Eagle Hall. The parking lot was mostly empty during the storm, but one tree did land on one of the few cars there at the time.
Crews also had to close one lane of La Crosse Street while they cleared a fallen tree.
Some residents on La Crosse’s southside lost power during the storm. Xcel Energy expected power to be restored around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
A tornado was reported in the Verona area and possibly in the Platteville area. If confirmed, these would be the 1st tornadoes of 2014 in Wisconsin.
Severe storms may be possible in the News 8 viewing area Monday night and overnight.
The Storm Prediction Center has the News 8 viewing area in a Slight to Moderate Risk of severe weather. StormTeam 8 Meteorologist Bill Graul said storms, which could produce strong winds and hail, are likely after about 6 p.m. and into the overnight hours.
Graul said there could also be a few tornadoes, but that threat looks to be mainly to our west this afternoon and evening.
A TORNADO WATCH is in effect for much of the area until 1:00am.
Another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected to develop on Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. The entire News 8 viewing area is under a slight risk of severe weather Tuesday.
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