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Impending straight-line wind storm could produce major damage

CREATED Jun 12, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun 12, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A major storm powered by straight-line winds is coming to our region of the country.

The last time Southeastern Wisconsin saw a storm of this magnitude was back on Memorial Day weekend of 1998.

More than 5,000 homes were damaged and clean-up efforts cost nearly $60 million.

Wind was to be the biggest concern on Wednesday.

The wind speed could reach between 60 and 100 miles per hour.

The wind is expected to hit harder as the day goes on.

The 1998 straight-line wind storm created wind speeds of 128 miles per hour.

Scroll through the media gallery for a further explanation of this type of storm from TODAY'S TMJ4's John Malan and Jesse Ritka.