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“All of a sudden, WHAM!”: Trees toppled by strong winds at Bohners Lake

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BOHNERS LAKE (WITI) -- Storms rolled through southeastern Wisconsin on Monday, May 12th -- and some of those storms triggered a Tornado Warning that was issued for Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties around 4:45 p.m. One of the hardest hit areas was the area of Bohners Lake in Racine County.

Eric Juntenen lost four trees in the storm. One of them hit an electrical wire and knocked out the power to his house. 

He also has some barn damage.

The damage is limited to a few blocks in the Bohners Lake area -- with lots of downed trees, but fortunately, there were no injuries.

The storm came quickly to Bohners Lake.

"There was a very, very strong wind that came through. I heard some big hail, big hail," Brad Wieland said.

Wieland was in an upstairs bedroom, half-asleep when the storm rolled through.

"All of a sudden 'wham!' I knew something hit it good so I got up looked outside and saw nothing but tree," Wieland said.

Two white oaks -- at least 100 years old were topped -- and one fell onto Wieland's roof.

"I heard a bang when it hit the house," Wieland said.

Nearby, an above-ground pool is leaking where another tree fell. 

Around the corner, another tree landed on a Dodge pickup truck parked in a driveway.

Officials say thankfully -- there were no injuries.

"We have seen just mainly trees down in a three or four-block radius," Town of Burlington Fire Chief Ed Umnus said.

Outside Ken Boss' home, a squirrel's nest fell 50 feet to the ground. Inside were seven small survivors -- barely old enough to open their eyes.

"The branch probably snapped and then they just fell on the ground. The wind was just too hard or too heavy," Boss said.

The storm damage in and around Bohners Lake was limited to the area along McHenry Drive -- also known as County Road P. 

Law enforcement officials were doing welfare checks in the area to make sure everyone was okay.

Cleanup has already started, but we're told the Department of Public Works will be out on Tuesday to assist.


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