Severe Winds Pound Far Eastern Racine & Kenosha Counties
A very intense thunderstorm rolled south just off shore of Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties early Thursday evening, bringing damaging winds of 60 to around 80 mph to the lake shore areas of Racine and Kenosha counties, as well as to southeastern Milwaukee County. This storm had been strong, but not severe, when it was over northern Lake Michigan. But, it suddenly intensified to severe levels and began to drift closer to shore by around 7 PM. Although the storm remained 5 to 10 miles off shore, it did kick out an intense outflow boundary that moved on shore, bringing the damaging winds to the shoreline communties. Numerous trees were uprooted, powerlines were knocked down and roofs had shingle damage. There were reports of felled trees or tree branches damaging homes and mobile homes.
In eastern Kenosha County one person died from injuries when a tree fell on them while on a motorcycle, and one person was injured by flying debris from a damaged shed. There are reports that some people were injured after-the-fact when they accidently touched downed power lines.
The picture below shows the storm's position just before 8 PM. It also shows the path it took and the orientation of the outflow boundary (white.) It never rained over the land areas as the core of the storm was well off-shore.
Below is a quasi-three-dimensional picture of the core of the severe storm when it was east of Racine County. In the core of the storm you are looking at rain and hail. This was an impressive storm!