Vilas County Hit By Tornado Sunday Night

Aug 12, 2020
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The Star Lake area of Vilas County got hit by a tornado Sunday night. 

The National Weather Service Office in Green Bay said damage was consistent with an F1 tornado.

An eye witness recorded a funnel skipping off of Star Lake before touching down offshore of East Star Lake campground. The tornado downed numerous trees and power lines on its way across the campsite, blocking off many of the nearby roadways.

The hardest hit campground from the severe windstorm last July is set to reopen this week on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The popular Boot Lake Campground on the Lakewood-Laona Ranger district opens Thursday.

Assistant Ranger in Recreation, Greyling Brandt, says the Forest contracted to remove the damaged trees....

Governor Tony Evers has declared this week as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin, but because of the COVID-19 outbreak, this year's tests will be different.

Dawn Robinson of Oneida County Emergency Management says  there's a statewide tornado drill, set for 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. But the approach will be different, with a virtual tornado drill...

Wisconsin DNR

The July wind storm that damaged tens of thousands of acres in Langlade and Oconto counties has produced another caution from the DNR: careful when your hunting in damaged areas.

Area wildlife supervisor Chuck McCullough says some people don't go to an area until hunting time, and when they do, this time they might be shocked at what they see...

Wisconsin Public Service

Agencies continue the cleanup in the aftermath of severe weather that caused extensive damage in northern Langlade and Oconto counties Friday evening.

Tuesday morning, Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen gave us an update on power restoration efforts..

"...Since Friday evening we've been able to restore power to more than 153,000 customers across our service area. Our crews are going to be working around the clock...." skeeze

There's a little bit of irony in this, but the state Division of Emergency Management has postponed today's scheduled tornado drill due to severe weather.

A major winter storm is hitting all of Wisconsin today, producing severe thunderstorms, hail and possibly tornadoes in southern Wisconsin and snow in the north.

The drill had been set for this afternoon and will be postponed until Friday afternoon. A mock tornado drill will begin Friday at 1:00 p.m., with a mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m. and a second mock tornado warning at 6:45 p.m. mhouy

As the weather turns toward spring, the potential of tornadoes and severe weather also increases. State officials have declared this week as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Oneida County Emergency Management spokesperson Dawn Robinson says everyone learns about safety in school, but sometimes those lessons aren't carried through at home...

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A meteorologist says the tornadoes that touched down in Lincoln and Langlade counties this week were weak twisters.

Ashley Wolf is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Green Bay describes a line of storms starting in Lincoln county last Tuesday as "mini-supercells". She says those storms are nowhere near as powerful as the storms in Oklahoma. But they have rotation and can cause damage...