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MADISON, Wis. -Severe storms that rolled through South Central Wisconsin Monday night, caused widespread damage with nearly 350 reports of damage in Dane County.

A state of emergency has been declared for Dane County. The National Weather Service says a tornado likely hit Verona.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi will tour some of the hardest hit areas Tuesday with Dane County Emergency Management Director Charles Tubbs.

"Given the extent of the damage in some of our neighborhoods we feel fortunate no one was seriously hurt," Parisi said. "Many people's lives were changed shortly after midnight and now we need to do what we can to help them get back on their feet."

City officials are hoping to secure a federal disaster declaration was they begin to collect damage reports across the county.


As of 12pm MG&E was reporting about 1,000 customers were without power in the Madison area. Alliant Energy was reporting 1,407 customers in Dane County without power. The hardest hit areas in Madison include the Isthmus, Schroeder Road and the West Towne area, according to MG&E.

Those numbers declined throughout the morning, according to both utilities. MG&E said that as of 9:45 about 3,000 customers were still without power, mostly in the Schroeder Road area. There's no time estimate for the full restoration of power.

The majority of outages are the result of heavy winds and lightning.


About 15 homes in Madison were damaged, according to Dane County Emergency Management.  Madison Mayor Paul Soglin toured damage Tuesday morning on Madison's southwest side on Friar Lane, where at least 6 roofs were blown off area homes. The Red Cross assisted two families with housing and other emergency needs in the area.

Madison fire officials said there is tree damage throughout the city. Fire officials said the cleanup has already begun in the city, but they warn it make take several days to fix all the damage. They said that over the next several days, areas of the city will be barricaded for public safety, including the near east side, south of Williamson Street, including Jenifer Street, Spaight Street, Rutledge Street and Morrison Street.

The entirety of Friar Lane may also be closed to aid in the cleanup.


Damage extended beyond Dane County.  Trees and power lines were reported down in the western and central parts of Lafayette County.

Southwest Wisconsin also suffered major power outages. More than 5,000 Alliant Energy customers in Grant County were without power as of 5 a.m.

Street flooding was reported in Lancaster, and trees were reported down in Boscobel.

In Green County, the emergency management director said houses and barns were damaged between New Glarus and Blanchardville. Several homes in the vicinity of Hay Hollow and York Center Road suffered roof damage and a barn was down on Legler Valley Road.

A second storm shortly before 5 a.m. produced similar damage. Numerous calls of roads blocked by trees and downed power lines were received, a large shed was blown down on Preston Road, and a barn collapsed on Giese Road, according to the Green County Sheriff's Office. Crews are out clearing roads.

State of emergency delcared for Dane County

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