Severe weather pounds southeast Wisconsin

A severe weather system raced through southeast Wisconsin late Wednesday, July 28 and well into the early morning on Thursday, July 29 – leaving behind a path of destruction. 

The storms triggered a tornado warning in the far northwest part of the FOX6 viewing area around 11:45 p.m. Thursday – and then those warnings moved southeast, lasting until roughly 2:15 a.m.

Downed tree in Oconomowoc area

Downed tree in Oconomowoc area

The storms downed power lines – which caused outages for thousands of Alliant Energy and We Energies customers. Monitor the latest power outages with the We Energies Outage Map.

Strong winds from this storm system toppled massive trees throughout the region. There are reports of damage like that seen below through southeast Wisconsin.

Downed tree in Fond du Lac area

Downed tree in Fond du Lac area

The storms also brought with them intense lightning which was captured on camera by multiple FOX6 News viewers. The lightning could even be spotted clearly from one viewer's Ring doorbell camera. 

The National Weather Service is expected to have teams out on Thursday to survey the damage caused by this storm. Monitor FOX6 News throughout the day for updates on what those teams have learned. 

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Meanwhile, offers a variety of extremely useful weather tools to help you navigate the stormy season. They including the following:

FOX6 Storm Center app

FOX6 News app


We have a host of maps and radars on the FOX6 Weather page that are updating regularly — to provide you the most accurate assessment of the weather. From a county-by-county view to the Midwest regional radar and a national view — it’s all there. All of these images are at the ready — just one click away.


When the weather gets a little dicey, schools and businesses may shut down. CLICK HERE to monitor the latest list of closings, cancellations, and delays reported in southeast Wisconsin.



Lastly, FOX6 and Chief Meteorologist Rob Haswell are looking for some smart, fun, outgoing, and weather-loving kids to help with the weather forecasts Friday mornings on WakeUp News. If you have a 6 to 12-year-old child who is into weather and wants to show his or her stuff, then we want to hear from you! CLICK HERE to learn more.

Severe storms likely Wednesday night

It will be hot and humid Wednesday afternoon – leading to strong to severe storms likely late evening into the overnight.