UNDATED (WSAU) In Stevens Point, utility crews made a lot of progress last night restoring power to up to 19,000 customers who lost it during Tuesday night’s thunderstorms. As of 10am, less than 600 customers were still without power. Stevens Point and Portage County offices were closed for most of yesterday due to the power outages. And with the heat index hitting 105, several dozen people took advantage of cooling centers at two large schools. Portage County officials said 40 homes were damaged in the storm, and 11 had major damage. Weather officials said the city had straight line winds of up to 75-miles-an-hour.
Wisconsin will get at least some relief today, after four days of stifling heat and humidity. The National Weather Service said a cold front moved into western Wisconsin during the night, bringing lower humidities and slightly cooler temperatures. It was in the 60’s at five o’clock as far south as Eau Claire. But much of southern Wisconsin was still in the 80’s. A heat advisory remains in effect until seven tonight in the south. But as the cold front moves through, the rest of the state will see highs in the 80’s today. And even places in the 90’s should feel less sticky. The mercury hit 100 yesterday in Janesville and Boscobel. State officials have reported no heat-related deaths – even though the heat wave is similar to one in 1995 in which 115 Wisconsinites died.