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Storm damage widespread across Fox Valley, Brown and Manitowoc counties


WRIGHTSTOWN, WI (WTAQ) - Wrightstown was one of the hardest hit areas from strong storms early Wednesday morning.

It caused massive damage to trees at the Apple Creek Campground.

"It woke me up, I heard a lot of booms and bangs because I had a tree go down right near my camper," says Teresa Coonen. "It was like a big gust of wind, and it just happened real fast and it was over. I was like wow!"

Marco Tarra is a farmer visiting the U.S. from Denmark and was staying there due to the pending storms.

"It's undescribable, the weather like that," says Tarra, who added he's never been through anything like that before. 

In Kaukauna, high winds tossed motor homes all over Quality RV at County Highway J and U.S. Highway 41.

"It is pretty shocking and pretty dramatic," says Amy Ristow, who's husband owns the business but happens to be out of town. "Thank God for insurance."


In Greenleaf, a gas leak occurred at an auto body shop – and the building collapsed a short time later.

Kaukauna had gas leaks. A semi-truck overturned on Interstate 43 near Maribel.

The state Emergency Operations Center reported the death of Porterfield town chairman Eugene LaCombe, who was clearing storm debris when he and another man were hit by a vehicle.

The Town of Grand Chute was under a state of emergency, as is all of Outagamie County.

The Appleton Medical Center canceled all surgeries for the day, after losing its main power source. They were running on a back-up generator at last word.

At least two people were hurt when high winds hit campgrounds near Fremont and Wrightstown. The National Weather Service is trying to determine if a tornado touched down at Wrightstown. In Waupaca County, Trinity Lutheran Church in New London was destroyed. Red Cross shelters were opened in New London and Wrightstown.

Part of a roof was blown off at the Wild Rose Hotel. Lightning burned an abandoned structure in Weston, near Wausau. A house had its roof blown off at Dexterville, about 20 miles south of Marshfield.

The Ho-Chunk Indian tribe had part of its pow wow grounds damaged.

Appleton had winds of 80 miles an hour, and there was hail, tree, and power line damage throughout the northern two-thirds of the Badger State. Thousands remain without power, and it could be up to three days until some of them get their power restored.