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.