Tornado Touches Down In Kenosha County
Homes Damaged In WheatlandKENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. -- At least one tornado touched down Kenosha County Monday.Sgt. Gil Benn of the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department told 12 News six to eight homes were severely damaged in the town of Wheatland area, and an unknown number of cars were blown off the road on Highway 50 near O.Aurora Medical Group facilities in the area treated 12 people for storm-related injuries, but none of the injuries was major.
Of four treated in Kenosha, three were in good condition and one in fair condition. The hospital in Burlington had five patients, all with minor injuries, while the center in Elkhorn had three patients with minor injuries.Authorities told 12 News reporter Colleen Henry they are trying to evacuate the area around Highway 50 and 352nd Avenue because of gas leaks. They are also trying to find out if there are any injured people.We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey said 1,700 customers in Wheatland are without power, and 4,000 customers in the city of Kenosha don't have power. He said if anyone sees a downed power line, they should call 800-662-4797.Benn said that the sheriff's department has established a command post at Highways 45 and 50.Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth advised people to stay inside and avoid driving if possible because of downed power lines.Beth has activated the county's emergency operation center.If you live in Kenosha County and need to report damage, you can call 262-605-7926.Baden said there are reports of debris falling from the sky near Sturtevant.WISN 12 News reporter Nick Bohr was in Racine County and reported extremely heavy rain around Caledonia at 4:30 p.m. An earlier warning for Walworth and Rock counties has expired.Jurors in the Mark Jensen trial going on in Elkhorn had to be moved to the basement in the middle of testimony Monday afternoon. At one point, Rock, Walworth, Kenosha and Racine counties had been under tornado warnings.A confirmed tornado was also spotted in Boone County, Ill., and the National Weather Service in Illinois confirmed there was considerable damage in that section of Northern Illinois.Both Baden and WeatherWatch Meteorologist Sally Severson said they can't believe they are seeing tornado warnings this early in January.Fog advisories remained in effect until 11 p.m. Monday.It hit 63 degrees Monday in Milwaukee, which contributed to the tornadoes. That is a record temperature.Copyright 2008 by WISN.com