MADISON, Wis. - Severe storms caused damage throughout south central Wisconsin Monday night, including nearly 350 damage reports in Dane County. A state of emergency was declared for Dane County Tuesday morning by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan.
The National Weather Service said an EF3 tornado hit Verona with winds at about 140 mph, and an EF2 tornado started on Friar Lane in Madison and went to Schroeder Road with winds estimated at 120 mph.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said the storm did an estimated $7 million to $10 million in damage. He said some houses were moved from their foundation and there's a lot of damage but no buildings were leveled.
Parisi toured storm-damaged parts of Verona and Madison 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."
Parisi said 19 homes in Verona have been declared uninhabitable. He said the damage is consistent with a tornado.
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 HOMES DAMAGED
About 16 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.
Lola Hoon is one of the many residents who can't stay at her Spaight Street home Tuesday night due to structural and power line concerns. A falling tree caused her roof to cave in.
"I came out and looked and the neighbor's motorcycle is smashed, and the roof was caving in and water was just pouring into the place," Hoon said.
The Madison Fire Department said there were no injuries reported. Two people had to be extricated from west side homes.
Building inspection officials want damage reports and ask homeowners with damage to call 608-266-4551.
Madison police will be sending assistance to police in Verona.
Some Madison parks will be closed because of damage.
As of 5 a.m. MG&E was reporting more than 3,400 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 11 a.m. about 1,000 customers were still without power. And as of 4 p.m. about 270 customers were still without power. As of 9 p.m. about 70 customers were still without power, but crews expected to get it restored by midnight.
At the peak of the storm, about 5,000 MG&E customers were without power.
The majority of outages are the result of heavy winds and lightning.
OTHER COUNTIES REPORT DAMAGE
Damage extended beyond Dane County. In Lafayette County at least 10 homes suffered roof or structural damage, and 30 barns or sheds were damaged or destroyed.
According to a release from the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, a small number of livestock were killed during the storms.
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.
Preliminary estimates from the National Weather Service indicate an EF1 tornado touched down in Green County near Blanchardville with winds speeds of up to 95 mph.
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.
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