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Homes in Lyons damaged in last week's twister

August 27, 2015

TOWN OF LYONS — A town of Lyons woman was playing the board game “Life” when her granddaughter pulled the card “Family disaster, pay $20,000.”

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Event raises funds, awareness of PTSD

August 27, 2015

Terence Pisano put his back, his arms and his fingers into a fundraiser Saturday, helping ease knotted muscles and tight necks with soothing massage. ...subscribers>>

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Council slows down decision on parking lot

August 27, 2015

It all seemed to be moving a little too fast.

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Tornado cleanup underway, work may take two months

August 27, 2015

It may take another two months to clear away all of the downed trees and debris left by the Aug. 18 tornado. ...subscribers>>

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Damage to Peck & Weis, Showboat

August 27, 2015

It could have been worse. Much worse. ...subscribers>>


Why weren't tornado sirens sounded?

August 27, 2015

The quick formation of the EF1 tornado that passed through Lake Geneva on Aug. 18 didn’t give local emergency responders a chance to sound the storm sirens. ...subscribers>>

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Tornado causes damage
August 20, 2015

The National Weather Service confirms a tornado caused damage in the Lake Geneva area.

Weather service staff surveyed the damage caused by Tuesday night's severe weather in Walworth County and determined a EF1 twister touched down. The severe weather damaged a number of buildings in a small industrial park in the town of Lyons. The tornado left a trail of tree damage north of Lake Geneva.



EF1 tornado causes damage in area
August 20, 2015
An EF1 tornado began near the city’s downtown Tuesday night and traveled through the town of Lyons where it caused damage to buildings in an industrial park.The storm started just before 9 p.m., according to Steve Hentz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Winds reached speeds of 110 mph, Hentz said.No one was killed as a result of the storm and there are no reported injuries.“This was an EF1, a relatively weak tornado,” Hentz said. Tornados are ranked between EF0 and EF5. An EF5 is the most significant.The tornado caused damage to the buildings on the east side of State Highway 120 in the town of Lyons.Roofs in the area were completely torn off buildings, and the marquee to the Showboat Theater was mangled.Walworth County Sheriff Kurt Picknell said there are a couple of residential homes in the area, and the sheriff’s department had spoken with the residents.“Everyone I talked to is extremely thankful for what it wasn’t,” he said.He said a few horses were outdoors during the tornado and were injured. Picknell said a veterinarian was able to attend to the animals last night.On Wednesday morning, cleanup from the storm already had began.Lake Geneva Police Chief Michael Rasmussen said the the city’s tornado sirens weren’t activated because his department didn’t receive a prior warning.“We had no warning either,” he said. “(The National Weather Service) called to tell us that it happened.”The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning prior to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Hentz said that warning mentioned the potential for a tornado.“The sirens were not set for Lake Geneva, but we didn’t have the warning out in time,” Hentz said.Hentz said a tornado warning was issued at 9:04 p.m., just after the tornado touched down in the Lake Geneva area.On Wednesday morning, Hentz held a press conference outside of Verlo Mattress Factory on Highway 120. Verlo didn’t appear to be impacted by the storm and customers were entering the building.Hentz said the tornado began in Lake Geneva’s downtown area, and it was tracked to the Waukesha County line.A small tree was uprooted near the lake front, and some tree branches were knocked down in the downtown area. Hentz said there was more tree damage in the downtown parks.On Wednesday morning, set up for the annual Venetian Festival appeared to going as planned.(Robert Ireland and Jade Bolack contributed to this article.)
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August 20, 2015

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Police union, city argue over pay
August 20, 2015

Lake Geneva’s police union has filed a grievance against the city after a memo from the city comptroller suggested they take only half pay over two pay periods this year. ...subscribers>>

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