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Strong storms rip through central Wisconsin


Severe weather was on display across much of central Wisconsin Monday. Some people say they captured pictures of what they say were developing tornadoes.

Strong winds, pounding rain and pea-sized hail were reported in multiple counties.

Mike Dishaw told Newsline 9 he watched storm clouds pass from his back porch in Weston. 

"And as they went over my neighbor's house I saw the clouds begin to counter-clockwise swirl," he said. He soon took cover, but not before he captured a few pictures of the storm.

"It's definitely a very, very scary thing when you hear that. It sounds like three or four trains coming at you all at once, and then it's gone," Dishaw said.

There have not been any confirmed reports of tornadoes touching down, but some people said it looked like it.

"It looked like a funnel coming down from the sky and at first it looked like a regular cloud and then I saw that it was rotating," said Wausau resident Robert Woods. He watched the storm roll through from a boat landing in Wausau.

Marathon County wasn't the only place where those clouds were spotted. A viewer sent Newsline 9 video of what looked to be a funnel cloud forming in the sky over Merrill.

People said the display was quick, but impressive.

"And then all of a sudden the sky turned green," Woods said.

Dishaw described the ominous clouds saying, "They just got darker and darker."

With the threat of more severe weather in the coming days, Monday afternoon's show might have just been a preview.

We checked with police officers in Langlade, Marathon and Lincoln County tonight, none had damages to report from the storm.


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