NORTHEAST WISCONSIN - FOX 11 took to the skies Thursday to check out the impact of the severe weather.
One thousand feet up in a Cessna plane, you could see the storm damage in Northeast Wisconsin.
Trinity Lutheran church was torn apart, destroyed by a twister that swept through New London.
"At the church in New London, that was EF2 damage with winds perhaps as high as 115 or 120 miles per hour," said Jeff Last with the National Weather Service.
Last is checking for evidence of more tornadoes in Maribel, where this landmark was destroyed. This is the view from the sky of the old hotel.
Also in Maribel, you could see a farm damaged by the severe weather, with pieces of a building in a nearby field. And another with a damaged roof.
"We had a widespread area of light to moderate damage and that typically is not easily seen from the air, and so what we focus in on our ground surveys is the intense areas of damage and that's where we're looking for the strength of the tornado or straight line wine, and how wide it was, how long it was," said Last.
In Kaukauna, not much damage was visible from the air. Utility trucks lined one road. Thousands of people in the Fox Valley lost power because of the storms.
Last says Appleton also had a confirmed tornado. But up high, it was hard to see the actual damage.
"Because the tornado was relatively weak on our scale of 0-5 we're talking about 0 and 1 in the Appleton area, it's going to be very difficult to see that damage if you're too high off the ground," said Last.
As we continued our journey across the area, we checked out Freedom, another area hit hard by the storms. Buildings there were destroyed and widespread debris could be seen from above. Damage that will take awhile to repair.
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