Apparent tornado hits rural southern Wisconsin

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DODGEVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- An apparent tornado has damaged homes and farm buildings in rural southern Wisconsin.

The storm hit around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Damage stretches from south of Highland to north of Dodgeville.

Iowa County Emergency Management Director Keith Hurlbert says crews are trying to make their way to the hilly, northern half of the county to assess damage. No injuries are reported.

Hurlbert says some brief flash flooding also hit the area.

The National Weather Service says the storm continued into Dane County, causing a 4.3 mile path of wind damage. There are reports of numerous downed trees, roof damage to a barn and a house at a stables and a grain elevator blown down.

Forecasters say more storms could fire up in southern Wisconsin Monday afternoon into the evening.

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Severe storms brought rain, damaging winds and reports of tornadoes to south-central Wisconsin late Sunday.

Brian Hahn with the National Weather Service in Sullivan says a tornado may have touched down in Iowa County around 11 p.m.

He says the Weather Service received reports of a "swath of damage" from Highland east toward Dodgeville. No injuries were reported.

The Iowa County Sheriff's Office said it had received reports of wind damage.

The storms were part of a system that tracked northeast across parts of Kansas, Missouri and Iowa earlier in the day. Tornadoes were reported in those states, although there were no reports of injuries.

The Weather Service says the storms could continue in Wisconsin into the early morning hours Monday. Hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are possible.


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