Line of severe storms bring hail, lightning to eastern Wisconsin

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A fast-moving line of severe thunderstorms brought large hail and lightning to portions of eastern Wisconsin on Tuesday.

By 1:30 p.m., the severe threat was diminishing and a severe thunderstorm watch that had been issued and was to be in effect until 6 p.m. had been canceled for areas north of Kenosha and would likely be canceled for the entire region, said Chris Stumpf, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sullivan.

For the remainder of the day, expect showers with an occasional rumble of thunder to move through southern Wisconsin, Stumpf said.

The severe storms began Tuesday morning and impacted almost all of eastern and central Wisconsin.

By 11:54 a.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Cedarburg to Brookfield, moving east at 55 mph, according to the weather service.

At one point, severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for nearly all of southeast Wisconsin, including the Milwaukee metro area.

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As the storms were moving through, the weather service’s lightning detection equipment was tallying about 30 lightning strikes per minute across all of southern Wisconsin, Stumpf said.

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