- At least one tornado touched down in central Wisconsin.
- Damage was reported at a hospital.
- More than 55,000 homes and businesses are without electricity.
There are reports of damage to a hospital and downed power lines and large trees after at least one tornado touched down in central Wisconsin tonight.
The severity of the damage is not yet clear. The hospital is in the town of Mauston, Juneau County, about 60 miles east of La Crosse. A 911 dispatcher said he was too busy to provide further details.
Mauston Town Administrator Randy Reeg told The Weather Channel that a damage assessment was ongoing. The city is asking that people not come out to view the damage at this time.
“We just hope people can get away from that at this point so we can just get the job done and everyone is safe again,” Reeg said.
More than 55,000 homes and businesses are without electricity.
The La Crosse National Weather Service said a tornado touched down in nearby Monroe County near the community of Tomah shortly after 4 p.m. CDT. Power lines and large trees had fallen in the area and at least one structure had been damaged.
The tornado passed near or over the Interstate 90/94 interchange in the same area. Video from the area showed at least two semis for their side, but it was unclear if they were knocked down or involved in an accident. The state road conditions website said debris was blocking part of the roadway and eastbound lanes were closed in a section of Monroe County.
(PROVIDE: Severe weather threat continues in Midwest and East)
Tomorrow, severe storms with damaging winds could affect areas from western New York south to central Appalachia. A lone tornado or two is also possible.
The storms come amid a scorching heat wave gripping the Upper Midwest and on the heels of severe weather Monday that included a rare double derecho.
Derechos are complexes of thunderstorms that produce concentrated wind damage and/or reports of high winds over a distance of at least 250 miles.
Monday’s storms battered parts of Wisconsin, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan and Indiana. Many of these areas, especially Ohio, are facing widespread power outages from the combined storms and heat.
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