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Heavy rain hits Madison area

Storms downed trees, caused power outages in southern Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. - People getting ready for work in southern Wisconsin should plan to bring an umbrella, as a heavy line of thunderstorms has hit southern Wisconsin.

"Rainfall rates are expected as of 3 inches an hour," said WISC-TV meteorologist Haddie McLean. "That's really heavy rain. At that rate, it could produce localized flooding."

The radar at WISC-TV estimates more than two inches of rain has fallen in and around the Wisconsin Dells area.

The National Weather Service also shows 1.9 inches of rain falling at Castle Rock in Adams County, 2.83 inches of rain in Mauston, and close to 4 inches of rain in Warrens in Monroe County.

Storms last night caused power outages throughout southern Wisconsin. As of 6:30 a.m. Friday, more than 1200 Alliant Energy customers in Sauk County and more than 500 customers in Rock County were without power. However, most of the customers in Sauk County had power restored by 7:30 a.m.

Last night's storms also downed numerous trees in Rock County, although Rock County dispatch said all major branches have been cleaned up

McLean said southern Wisconsin should expected more showers and thunderstorms throughout Friday.

For more information, including the latest radar, click on the Channel 3000 Weather page.  http://http://www.channel3000.com/weather

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