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Wind storm wreaks havoc on area

Saturday’s storm packed the punch the National Weather Service was expecting for Door and Kewaunee counties. To go along with up to two inches of rain in some areas, Door and Kewaunee counties saw wind gusts as high as 51 miles per hour in Kewaunee and 46 miles per hour in Sturgeon Bay. Ephraim and Washington Island saw wind gusts near or just slightly over 40 miles per hour. The wind resulted in 17 calls to Door County Dispatch for trees down and two for wires in 36 hours between 8:30 p.m. Friday and 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Fire departments in northern Door County had to respond to five calls for fires, though they were mostly related to trees hitting powerlines. Ephraim and Egg Harbor Fire Chief Justin MacDonald says things got hectic when two of the fire calls occurred within 15 minutes and a few miles of each other.

Washington Island, Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, and Gibraltar also had fire calls during the storm. The storm also caused one tree to fall over near Door County Trolley, blocking the road and forcing Wisconsin Public Service workers into an approximately two-hour repair. According to WPS, residents in Maplewood were still feeling the effects of the Saturday storm on Monday. Power was restored by 9:30 a.m.

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