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    Posted April 10, 2011 by
    Arkdale, Wisconsin
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    Severe weather

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    Massive Storm Hits Arkdale, WI


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mediaman describes the storm as fast, brief and almost surreal. The storm lasted for twenty minutes, but still very intense. 'With the damage, the orange tinged of the storm clouds now in the distance and the wail of the sirens - it was very unnerving,' he says.
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    Arkdale, WI-  A massive storm hit the small town of Arkdale at approximately 6:00pm tonight, April 10th.  The small town of 158 residents is located about 45 minutes east of Tomah. The storm brought a suspected “wind shear” estimated of at least 60 mph, 2 inch hail, and torrential rain fall.

    The term wind shear refers to a change in wind speed or direction, or both, over a short distance.

    Rescue teams and police were immediately on the scene to assess the damage and to help local residents.  Some homes were damaged from large trees and debris was strewn over a wide area throughout the town.  Many trees were topped or bend at 45 degree angles. Area rivers and streams, already swollen from the spring melt, continued to overflow their banks. The bank of storm clouds could be seen from miles away.

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