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Storms roll through area, causing damage, power outages

Trees knock down power lines

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Thousands of people are still without power Thursday morning after several lines of storms rolled through the area, causing damage and power outages.

Around a thousand people in Rock County are without power due to the storms. The majority of those outages are in Janesville and Beloit. Meanwhile, around 3000 people in the Baraboo area were also without power, but most of those customers have had power restored.

Whitewater schools are closed Thursday due to a power outage

Severe thunderstorms were located at 8:40 p.m. along a line extending from near Sauk City to near Verona and near Monroe. The line of storms moved east at 40 mph with 70 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail.

Sauk County officials reported around 10 p.m. that several areas in the city of Baraboo were without power. Electrical crews are working on the issue, but it may take several hours to get everything repaired, officials said.

Downed trees and damage to buildings has been reported in the Janesville, Beloit and Whitewater areas.

Janesville police said they responded to more than 80 hazardous condition calls for issues ranging from power outages and downed trees to a few fires.

The Janesville Police Department brought in extra staff to manage the calls.

Whitewater police said the city has a full crew working on removing trees and branches on streets across the city.

Officials with the Rock County Sheriff's Office said a semitrailer blew over on County Road A in the town of Johnstown and a barn roof blew off at Highway 14 and Scharine Road in the town of Bradford.

No injuries have been reported in Rock County, officials said.

Law enforcement in Darlington and Mineral Point reported damaging winds.


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