Gov. Evers Declares “State of Emergency” in Response to Recent Severe Weather

Governor Tony Evers has declared a State of Emergency following
widespread severe weather that has impacted the state in recent days. Downed
trees and power lines have caused major outages in northern Wisconsin – along with
road closures due to debris and damage to homes and businesses. The governor’s
declaration directs all state agencies to provide assistance and authorizes the
activation of the National Guard to assist local authorities as needed. Evers
said in a statement “The first responders and utilities have been doing a great
job, working non-stop since the storms hit. I want to make sure all state
resources are available to help get power back on and debris removed.”


As of Sunday night, the National Weather Service in Green
Bay has confirmed three tornadoes hit central Wisconsin during Friday’s storms,
with another four confirmed tornadoes in the Fox Valley area on Saturday. In
each round of storms – the weather service says a “macroburst” – a large
downburst of straight line wins hit in the areas that saw the worst damage.
Friday night, that “Macroburst” hit Langlade and Oconto Counties, Saturday –
that area of severe damage stretched from Wood and Portage Counties eastward
into the Fox Valley and the Lakeshore.