Storms rip through Fox Valley

It was a rough evening across parts of Northeast Wisconsin this evening.  The Fox Valley had storms rip through the area.

Parts of the Fox Valley were cleaning up the mess Tuesday from a fast-moving thunderstorm that dumped torrential rains, ping-pong-ball-size hail and gusty winds.

The storm, which moved rapidly across central and northeastern Wisconsin late in the afternoon, caused damage to houses, flooded streets, uprooted mature trees and knocked down power lines.

Winds topping 60 mph were reported in some areas. At 6:52 p.m., a trained weather spotter reported a 65 mph wind gust in New London.

Golf ball-sized hail was reported in Greenville at 7:05 p.m.

Power was out for two hours in New London before it was restored at 8:50 p.m.

Power was out in several portions of Appleton, too, where the storm arrived about 7:15 p.m.

Rainfall totals were not immediately available, but the downpour came in the wake of rains that dumped 2 inches of rain on the Appleton area on Monday. Excluding Tuesday’s amount, the city has had more than 15 inches of rainfall since June 1, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday’s damage was on full display at Appleton’s central neighborhoods.

Branches from two trees blocked off the intersection at W. Summer and N. Appleton streets.

Neighbors in the 200 block of W. Hancock Street rallied to remove a large branch that fell on top of a station wagon, and in the next block over, a house had escaped major damage from a branch that fell within inches.

Firefighters trying to move quickly before night fell to cordon off streets where power lines dangled loose.

Both Jackman Street and Prospect Avenue were closed indefinitely while city crews inspected damage to the Jackman Street bridge. (Source: Post Crescent)

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