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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog! A severe thunderstorm over Lake Michigan sent damaging outflow winds crashing into lakeshore areas of Racine and Kenosha counties Thursday evening.
Here is a list of some of the storm reports that were received in our weather center.
- Racine Airport 66mph, several trees/branches down in the area
- Kenosha Airport 58mph, downed trees
- Large trees uprooted in Kenosha along the lakeshore
- Shingles blown off homes 1 mile north of Racine Airport
Most of the damaging wind gusts were reported between 7:48pm and 8:10pm. Below is the radar image at 7:50pm. Notice that the thunderstorm cell stayed OVER the lake, but the damaging winds rushed out from the storm. With no buildings, homes, or trees over the lake the winds had nothing to slow them down, and slammed into lakeshore areas creating winds of 60 to 70 mph.
The result of the strong winds were numerous downed trees, power outages, and lots of cleaning up to do. Our viewers again were awesome sending in lots of pictures. This picture was one of the first that I received from Karen Aber of Racine. This tree blocked a side street as people looked on.
Winds didn’t reach severe levels in Milwaukee, but gusts close to 50mph knocked this tree over at 13th avenue. The picture was posted by a mobile user on the U-Local section of the WISN.com
To post your pictures to the U-Local section just click the link below.
This picture is from the north side of Kenosha at 22nd avenue. The fence fell over and landed on the gazebo. Thanks to user ‘Smetjb8709’ for the picture!
One last picture from Nikey Mattson of Caledonia. Here the winds toppled a tree and took out another gazebo.
As the clean-up gets underway on Friday, so will some extreme heat. Highs will jump into the 90s, but the dew point, a measure of moisture will surge into the 70s. The combination of heat and humidity will result in heat indices over 100 degrees in many locations during peak heating. To keep tabs on the heat index at your house, feel free to use the NWS chart below.
If you are working or playing outside on Friday, make sure to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water! Stay hydrated!
For the latest on the heat and any storm over the holiday weekend, watch WISN 12 News.
Have a great day and stay cool!