Northeast Wisconsin did not have equal-opportunity severe weather.
Some towns got whipped around more violently than others.
Those left behind to pick up the pieces say a tornado spun through Alto, leaving in its a place a deafening silence.
“Every time a storm watch comes out, you don’t always believe it. You just think, ‘Oh, it will be nextdoor.’ And it was here,” said Jerry Mouw, whose property was wrecked in the recent storms.
The wickedness of the storm is a visual he says won’t come and go as quickly as a tornado.
“I seen it all come through yesterday,” he said. “I was in the next house over, standing in the kitchen. And all these telephone poles were moving back and forth like four or five feet all the way up the road.”
Fortunately, no livestock was lost on his property.
“This was a farm for a lot of years with animals and this last year was the first year there wasn’t animals here, so that’s a good thing we don’t have to deal with,” he said. “But it’s just the mess to clean up.”
With an unsavory amount of time needed for the cleanup ahead, optimism is a precious commodity.
“It’s all right,” said Mouw. “You deal with it as it comes. You deal with the weather. You can’t control it, you deal with it. And it’ll be OK.”
The storms knocked out power for thousands of customers and Alliant Energy anticipates getting the lights back on for most of them at about 9pm.