STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) – Estimates are still coming in for damages from last night's storm in Stevens Point and Portage County.
Nearly every other yard in Stevens Point suffered tree damage from straight line winds in Tuesday night's storm, the mayor said this morning. Mayor Andrew Halverson has declared a state of emergency.
As of 7:30pm emergency officials estimate about 3,800 customers in the Stevens Point area remain without power and are not sure when power will be fully restored. Two cooling shelters are open until 8:00 p.m. tonight, one at SPASH and the other at Ben Franklin Junior High.
Assessment teams are out looking at damage to homes and businesses in the area. Most of the damage reported was minor but seven homes did sustain major damage. In addition, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point sustained about $150,000 in structural damage.
All roads in the city are now open, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management. Halverson had lifted a travel ban earlier but discouraged any unnecessary travel because of street flooding and traffic signals that didn't work. There are also downed trees and downed power lines all over the city and emergency workers are asking residents and onlookers to stay away.
The mayor's office also says the city's wells are back online, water pressure has stabilized and that there are no safety concerns with the city's water.
Trees also fell in Junction City. Plover got around two inches of rain in just 50 minutes. And Wausau set a record rainfall for the date with 1.57 inches.
Wausau's emergency sirens went off around 8:30 last night but city officials aren't sure why. There was NOT a tornado in the area, although a severe thunderstorm was passing through at the time. A funnel cloud was spotted near Veefkind in Clark County, as winds in the region hit 60 miles-per-hour last night. Abbotsford had three-and-a-half inches of rain and roads near Colby had up to 10 inches of water.
A home in the town of Texas suffered damage from a lightning strike. Their yard was also tore up after lightning struck a tree and traveled to the home through a telephone wire.