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LATEST: High wind downs trees, power lines in Madison area

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- High wind from a severe storm knocked down trees and power lines in Dane County a day after tornadoes caused extensive damage in the area.

Dane County Emergency Management specialist Carrie Meier says the damage in Madison, Cottage Grove and Sun Prairie Wednesday morning is sporadic. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning based on radar readings, but Meier says there was no tornado touchdown.

Wisconsin Emergency Management spokesman Tod Pritchard says his department has also gotten reports of downed trees and tree limbs in Dane County, but has no reports of a tornado touchdown.

The severe weather Wednesday follows storms that caused major damage to about 30 homes in Madison and another 30 in Verona. The weather service confirmed Tuesday that at least six tornadoes hit Wisconsin overnight Monday.


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The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF3 tornado with 140 mph winds hit Verona, in Dane County, Monday night.

The NWS says its determination was based on damage to the Country View Elementary School and homes neighboring the school.

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The National Weather Service says a preliminary survey indicates a "low-end" EF2 tornado with 120 mph wind caused damage at UW-Platteville Monday night.

The National Weather Service preliminary survey also says a "high-end" EF1 tornado with 105 mph winds caused damage near the Platteville Golf and Country Club.

In Verona, Dane County, Country View Elementary and 30 homes suffered major damage. Storm survey crew is still investigating whether it was a tornado that caused damage there.

Andy McNeill posted the photos in the slideshow above on UW-Platteville's Facebook page

Wisconsin (News Release) - The preliminary damage survey from the National Weather Service indicates that two tornadoes struck the Grant County city of Platteville as a powerful line of severe storms rolled across southern Wisconsin during the late evening and early morning hours of June 16-17, 2014.

Platteville Tornado #1: Tornadic damage was identified on the UW-Platteville campus. Preliminary information is a "low-end" EF2 tornado with 120 mph max wind speed. Track was about two miles west of Platteville, running through the UW Platteville campus, to two miles southeast of Platteville ending right before U.S. Highway 151. The EF2 damage occurred near the Engineering buildings on the UW Platteville campus.

Platteville Tornado #2: Tornadic damage was identified near the Platteville Golf and Country Club. Preliminary information is a "high-end" EF1 tornado with 105 mph max wind speed. Track was about 1/2 mile long with a 50 yard width. Damage includes some trees knocked down and a roof off an apartment.

A survey team continues to investigate the storm which caused extensive damage in the Dane County community of Verona.

Storm Damage – Here is an update on the damage.

Platteville: Crews continue to survey damage at UW Platteville.

Verona: At least 30 homes have major damaged. 19 of those homes had so much damage that Alliant Energy said it was unsafe to re-connect the power until city inspectors could check the structures out. There’s also extensive damage to Country View Elementary where a wall partially collapsed.

Madison: At least 29 homes suffered severe damage and 150 with minor damage.

Lafayette County: At least 10 homes have roof or structural damage. 30 barns or sheds were also damaged or destroyed.

Outages – Here is a summary of the outages as of noon today.

Power O MG&E – 1,074 total affected customers in and near Verona and Madison.

Alliant Energy: WPL-Northeast 15; WPL-North Central 195; WPL-South 3,986. Total 4,196.

Wisconsin Public Service: 461 Customers throughout the northeast and North Central Regions.

Xcel Energy: 50 customers in Southwestern and Western Wisconsin.

WE Energies: 6,811 customers near the Fox Valley and Southeastern Wisconsin.

Total customers without power stands at approximately 12,592.

Governor Walker – The Governor is touring the damage in Verona this afternoon. He is scheduled to hold a news conference at 3pm in front of Country View Elementary School.

Looking Ahead – The Storm Forecast Center continues to have most of Wisconsin at a “slight” risk for more severe weather today with the most danger in the late evening of Tuesday and early morning Wednesday. Wisconsin Emergency Management has received no requests for assistance but will stay in contact with our county and tribal emergency management partners across the state.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) --
Officials have declared a state of emergency in Dane County in order to make storm damage recovery assistance available to residents who need it.

A possible tornado tore roofs from houses and blew down part of an elementary school in the Madison area early Tuesday. No serious injuries were reported.

Dane County Emergency Management officials received about 350 reports of storm damage after the storm packing dangerously high winds hit shortly after midnight. Some 15 homes in the city of Verona sustained severe damage.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is touring the storm damage in Verona and Madison with the county's emergency management director.

Communities will collect damage reports and pass them on to the county which will share them with state officials in hopes of securing a federal disaster declaration.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Emergency management officials say severe storms that swept through southern Wisconsin early Tuesday have damaged more than a dozen structures in Dane County, including homes and an elementary school.

 Josh Wescott of Dane County Emergency Management says most of the damage centered on the north side of Verona and the southwest side of Madison. No injuries have been reported. Lt. David Dresser of the Verona Police Department says at least 15 structures were damaged, including Country View Elementary School, which partially collapsed.
Wescott says the office received reports of collapsed homes and missing roofs.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Steve Davis says imagery indicates a tornado likely cycled from Green County into Dane County. He said the Weather Service received reports of downed power lines and trees in Green County
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