Eau Claire, Wis. Storms began in the evening hours on Monday first with rain further north in the Chippewa Valley, then with heavier rain and damaging winds further south in the Coulee Region. The afternoon storms began earlier in the day to our south and west with the deadly twin tornado in Nebraska. Sunshine and warm afternoon temperatures in Wisconsin helped fuel these strong storms closer to home.
Throughout the night several reports of damaging winds and heavy rainfall as the storms moved into the Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago areas. While it is still early, some of the storm reports from the National Weather Service include:
Heavy rain amounts...
3.59" at Melvina in Monroe County
3.70" at Winona in Winona County, MN
2.21" at Ettrick in Trempealeau County
2.16" at Sinsinawa in Grant County
High wind gusts...
70 mph at Georgetown in Grant County.
65 mph at Coon Valley in Vernon County
60 mph at Hillsboro in Vernon County
50 mph at Bagley in Grant County
Damage to buildings and vehicles...
Possible Tornado at Platteville in Grant County. Twelve homes and businesses destroyed. 20 additional builds with damage. Also cars overturned in that community.
Several trees down in the Madison and La Crosse areas.
Possible damage from a tornado at Verona in Dane County.
The local National Weather Service offices will be out today to continue to survey the storm damage to have a better idea of the intensity and magnitude of these storms. Governor Walker will also tour damaged areas today.
And finally for this evening and tonight another risk of severe weather exists. Afternoon high temperatures will once again top out in the upper 80s which could spark more strong storms. Be sure to tune in tonight at 5, 6 and 10 o'clock to WEAU news for the latest information.