Power being connected, trees are cleared today|
Actor Tim Allen visits on a motorhome shopping trip
|Mop-up crews are following behind a Thursday storm TAHT topped trees, snapped power lines and created general havoc across the area during a summer of odd, and often destructive weather conditions.|
The storm, which arrived shortly after the sun rose, shifted docks, boats floated from their moorings and other havoc was reported across northern Langlade County.
Trees were scattered among the memorial stones at Lakeside Cemetery at Summit Lake and in many areas Wisconsin Public Service linemen worked through the day and into the night to restore service. The utility was still listing 1,394 homes without electricity across the northwoods at 10 a.m. today, 138 in the Deerbrook area.
STUNNING WINDS—Straight line winds over Summit Lake were strong enough to bend flagpoles, and send boats and dock sections traveling Thursday morning. Damage along the lake was not severe, but cleanup and dock repairs will take some time. The hardest hit may have been nearby Lakeside Cemetery, with evergreen trees snapping in and falling on headstones. The storm struck about 6:30 a.m. and it wasnt until about 12 hours later that power was restored.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin tours Kretz Lumber Co. plant here Thursday
|There have always been speculation and rumors that famous people quietly visit Antigo, and just about everyone knows nothing about it.|
It happened again Tuesday when a very popular actor, Tim Allen, flew into the Langlade County Airport on a shopping trip.
Allen, who currently stars in the TV series, Last Man Standing, did fly into town quietly, but not without a welcome party that included Cameron Berg and Amanda Walker, who oversee the airport facility here.
The group included three grandsons of Chris and Linda Berg and Camerons nephews, David and James, and Camerons wife Luisa and son, Zander.
The youngsters dont remember the smash TV hit that starred Allen, Home Improvement, that was on the air from 1991 to 1999, as well as his roles in several popular films, including Disneys The Santa Claus trilogy and the Disney/Pixars trilogy, Toy Story. The children were all familiar with those.
The man who played Tim The Tool Man during the 1990s, was in Antigo to eyeball a motorhome thats on the buy list for him and his wife.
Before his plane took off from the airport and headed back to Michig
Actor Tim Allen, right, with Luisa and Zander Berg at the Langlade County Airport. Notice the Buzz Lightyear figure.
Tips offered on heat, it is perfect weather for a new pier
|The importance of the timber industry to northern Wisconsin was the focus when U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin paid a visit to Kretz Lumber Company Thursday.|
Baldwin, a Madison Democrat, was joined by Kretz President Troy Brown, Head Forester Al Koeppel, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association Executive Director Henry Schienbeck. The tour spanned the Kretz operation from the taking in of raw materials through the milling, drying, stacking and shipping of the finished product.
Our timber economy in northern and central Wisconsin is facing a number of challenges that need to be addressed, Baldwin said. Todays tour shows the importance of building on the progress weve made by continuing to work with industry stakeholders in Wisconsin and the U.S. Forest Service. By working together, we can help create a more stable supply of timber from our federal lands, while sustainably managing our resources.
Brown said the tour was an excellent way for the lawmaker to get a first-hand look at one of the states key industries.
Its always good when you get someone in a political position and show he or she what you do, Brown said. I think it h
Kretz Head Forester Al Koeppel visits with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin during a tour of the plant Thursday. At left are Kretz President Troy Brown and Mayor Bill Brandt.
Storm drops trees, cut power
|After this mornings raucous round of thunderstorms, the northwoods is bracing for the heat.|
Across the region, a high pressure system, sometimes called a heat dome, will push conditions to their hottest point so far this summer, according to the National Weather Service.
In the Antigo area, temperatures are expected to hit 90 degrees by mid-afternoon today, with a chance of storms redeveloping in the early evening.
It will stay warm overnight, and then the mercury is expected to soar again on Friday, with 90 degrees and party sunny skies predicted.
Authorities from Minnesota to Louisiana are warning people to take precautions and check on the elderly and other vulnerable neighbors and relatives.
High temperatures and high humidity can pose a risk of heat-related illness and even death, Stephanie Thiede, a public health nurse with the Langlade County Health Department, said. On average, 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the U.S.
Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some are at greater risk than others. They include infants and children up to four years; people 65 years of age and
NEW DOCK—One way to beat the heat might be able to catch the lake breeze from a dock, such as the new one installed on Remington Lake last week. The City of Antigo worked with Antigo Chapter Trout Unlimited, which has provided volunteer and monetary support for each of the dock projects, to place a new floating dock that is better suited to the fluctuating water levels of the lake. Dvorak Docks of Elcho supplied the equipment and did the installation.
Bad weather was predicted this morning, and this time the forecasts were right.
It appeared to hit the Bass and Summit Lake area the hardest, turning off electricity, blocking some roads and causing a general mess.
To make matters worse, when the power went off, so did the air conditioners and fans that visitors and residents were using to keep cool as temperatures headed into the higher 80s, possibly the 90s today.
When the storms passed, residents of the countys northern district ventured outdoors to find lakeside docks moved here and there, and boats that had been attached to them nudging a neighbors pier.
It was a real storm, a real wind, a Bass Lake resident said late this morning.
He was there for a wind storm that blew down dozens of trees and did structural damage in 2011. This time the couple lost screens in a porch and a second level window in their home.
The sheriff departments 911 dispatch center received dozens of calls during and at the close of quick-moving storm with reports suggesting that trees were downed on and along most roads stretching from Summit to Bass as well as multiple scattered areas ac
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