Storm damage cleanup under way

Beloit suffered the most damage in the area
Storm damage cleanup under way

Cleanup continues in southern Wisconsin where a powerful storm system produced winds between 50 and 60 mph early Tuesday.

SLIDESHOW: See Wind Damage In Beloit

There are no reports of injuries, but Wisconsin Emergency Management said numerous roads and streets were blocked by tree debris and power lines.

In Rock County, the city of Beloit was hit hard and opened its emergency operations center.

Numerous trees and power lines are down. About 7,000 people lost power. By Tuesday evening, all but about 30 customers had power restored.

Trees removal services were actively working around Beloit Tuesday morning taking down tree branches.

Beloit resident Charlene Tolmie was cleaning up branches, while Dillards Tree Care worked to get a fallen tree off her roof.

“Even though we get a lot of wind out here and sometimes it’s really devastating, we’ve never had anything like this,” Tolmie said.

“The amount of damage involved is staggering,” said Steve Dillard, owner Dillard’s Tree Care. “The trees don’t have as much water as they normally do, so they are extremely brittle. So, the heavy wind that came in with the rain on the trees, it just made for perfect storm kind of scenario.”

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Dillard’s Tree Care said tree removal costs range from a few hundred dollars to more than $1,000.

The city of Beloit said people can leave debris near their sidewalks and city crews will start removing it Wednesday.

In Green County, the storm blew out a window at a car dealership in Monroe and some homes had minor roof damage. Minor damage was also reported in Lafayette, Sauk and Iowa counties. 

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