When storm passes, cleanup begins

A tree in Green Bay is split in half by the July 19 storm (photo: Joe Moore)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The National Weather Service reports numerous trees down in Oconto County after a storm blasted through Friday night, including trees on Highway 64 between Pound and Mountain. Viewers in Green Bay sent us photos of broken trees in their yards and streets, as well.

In Oshkosh, EAA warned pilots who've already arrived for AirVenture to secure their planes and offered campers shelter in the EAA Museum.

During the peak of the storm, the Brown County Sheriff's Office warned people not to travel, saying the storm was creating "very hazardous driving conditions."

Heavy downpours reduced visibility to zero at times, even with wipers at double speed. There was also flash flooding when the storm drains couldn't keep up with the pace of the rainfall.

Even after the storm, there was the danger of downed trees and branches in roadways.

Winds in Green Bay were gusting over 50 miles per hour shortly before 10 p.m. Chief Meteorologist Steve Beylon says radar indicated winds of 70 miles per hour or more in parts of northern Wisconsin.

In Oconto, one or two people were trapped in a pickup truck when a tree and power lines fell on the truck.

The websites for Wisconsin Public Service and We Energies indicate more than 61,000 customers lost power from the storm. That figure shortly before 11 p.m. included 10,000 people in the Green Bay area, 5,500 in Antigo, and almost the entire community of Townsend.