Storms cause significant damage in Wisconsin

The storms that rumbled through central Minnesota turned even more severe as they raced into northern Wisconsin Tuesday night.

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GOES 1km visible loop shows severe storms mushrooming to over 50,000 feet Tuesday night.

The Duluth NWS office is reporting significant damage in Ashland, Bayfield and Iron counties in Wisconsin. The area is a popular summer destination for boaters and campers, and there are reports of some injuries.

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Morse, WI in Ashland County. Photos courtesy of Paul Ostrum from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

It appears this may have been a wide spread “blowdown” type event. A series of downbursts, or straight line wind events combined with possible tornadoes tore through the white pines pretty good Tuesday night.

The Duluth NWS has survey teams out today and posted this update today.

Latest News

•Survey Update (3:54 PM): The survey team is still in the field and assessing the damage. We will post the details when we have more information – either late today, or sometime tomorrow.

•Storm Surveys: The NWS Duluth will be dispatching a storm survey team to Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron Counties today to conduct a damage assessment. We received many reports of damage in these areas and radar signatures indicated the possibility of tornadoes. An unconfirmed report of a tornado was received from the Morse area in Ashland County. The survey team will determine whether or not the damage in the area was caused by non-tornadic thunderstorm winds or by tornado(es).

•We Could Use Pictures and Reports: If you have any pictures or reports from the severe weather event, feel free to email us by clicking here or give us a call at 1-218-729-6794

Fast Facts

•14 warnings issued by NWS Duluth – 4 Tornado Warnings and 10 Severe Thunderstorm Warnings

•30 severe weather reports received by the NWS Duluth. We also received 16 additional non-severe reports.

•Up to baseball size hail reported in Bayfield County, where wind driven hail caused a substantial amount of damage, particularly in the Delta township.

More data will be available when the team finishes its work.