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Strong Wisconsin storms cut power, topple trees

August 12, 2020 GMT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Strong storms with damaging winds and heavy rain have left thousands without power in southeastern Wisconsin and caused localized flooding.

A line of storms moved into the region Monday afternoon and knocked out power for about 28,000 We Energies customers. That number was down to about 2,000 by late Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a powerful storm that pounded the Midwest on Monday also generated a tornado in northern Illinois near the Wisconsin state line that damaged buildings and trees in both states.

The strong winds toppled trees, ripped off roofs and tore down fences as the storm hit.

Rachel Lorenzo lives in the Kenosha County community of Trevor, WISN-TV reported.

“I went in the front bathroom with my son, went over him, covered him. My husband did too. We grabbed the dog and next thing you know everything just happened so quick. We walked outside and found all this,” said Lorenzo, whose car and yard were destroyed by downed trees. “It just lasted a few minutes but it was terrible. We were crying, screaming, praying, thinking it was a tornado. They said it was just the wind.”