Wednesday, August 23rd

Heavy rain and wind covered northwestern Wisconsin and caused massive damage across the area Tuesday and Wednesday night, including a tornado warning Wednesday night that produced heavy winds for much of the county.

Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency Wednesday for Jackson County following the damaging storms.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the devastating tornadoes that hit last night,” Governor Walker said. “I have instructed state agencies and the Wisconsin National Guard to help those affected by the storms as they recover and rebuild. I thank the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management and all state agencies for their coordinated response to this emergency.”

Numerous power outages were recorded Wednesday night throughout Jackson County. The Jackson Electric Cooperative reported at 7:50 a.m.