Severe Weather Causes Millions In Damage To Port Milwaukee; 11 Killed In Midwest, South

 Monday, January 13, 2020

 Wisconsin State Journal

Icy roads, deadly tornadoes, punishing waves — severe weekend weather has been blamed for 11 deaths and major damage in parts of the Midwest, South and Northeast.

In Wisconsin, high winds, towering waves and flooding caused millions of dollars in damage to Port Milwaukee on Lake Michigan. Port Director Adam Schlicht called it “an unprecedented event at Port Milwaukee.”

Winds gusted up to 50 mph, and waves reached 6 to 8 feet high. Schlicht said the port’s international docks, which are closed for the season, sustained “significant damage.”

But in the South and the Northeast, tens of thousands remained without electrical power Sunday as a result of storms a day earlier. Officials in far-flung locations were assessing the damages while utility crews worked to restore power.

The storms toppled trees, ripped off roofs and, in some areas, reduced buildings to rubble.