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Report: Wisconsin touched by Superstorm Sandy's wrath


SISTER BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Weather experts have confirmed what we just assumed at the time – that Wisconsin felt the wrath of Superstorm Sandy.

The National Hurricane Center released a detailed report about Sandy’s destruction Tuesday morning.

It said the storm created wind gusts as far west as the Badger State, and as far north as Canada.

According to the report, Sandy began as a tropical wave off the coast of Africa on October 11th. It reached the Caribbean a week later, and it temporarily weakened below hurricane strength over Cuba. And then it built steam again as it approached the U.S. on October 27th.

The National Weather Service said the wind gusts from Sandy hit 61 miles an hour near Sister Bay in Door County on October 30th. And news reports at the time said there was minor erosion along Lake Michigan at Pleasant Prairie in Kenosha County.

Folks there were planning to evacuate, after a forecast of 18 foot waves on the shore. But they never materialized. Nobody had to go anywhere because the waves never got above 8 feet.

The highest surge from Sandy as reported in New York, where the waves got 12-and-a-half feet above normal on the west edge of Long Island Sound.