Storm damage reported; severe weather may continue into Friday

Storms down trees, cause power outages

The threat for severe weather in southern Wisconsin will continue through Friday.

Meanwhile, residents on Madison’s north side will spend much of the day cleaning up from storms that caused damage Thursday night.

A large number of trees were knocked over by the quickly moving storm on the north side of Madison around 7:30 p.m. Trees were reported down across power lines, on homes, on cars and blocking city streets.


Most of the damage appears to be centered in the Wheeler Rd/Commanche area.

“I don’t think there was a lot of damage, but one of the gutters are torn off and I don’t think it broke any windows, but it had a couple of the front doors completely blocked,” said resident Marlene Creaser.

The city’s streets and roads department said it will bring in more equipment to clear the debris.

Tornado warnings were issued Thursday afternoon for Juneau, Adams, Richland and Grant counties, although no tornadoes were confirmed on the ground.

Grant County Emergency Management Director Steve Braun told News 3 there were no reports of a tornado touching down but reports of wind damage came from areas near Lancaster. No injuries or fires were reported anywhere in Grant County.

Students in the Fennimore and Riverdale school districts were released late on Thursday after being held in the schools because of the storm.

Alliant Energy reported about 200 customers without power in southwestern Wisconsin. About 100 customers are reported to be without power in Sauk County.

No damage was reported in Adams or Juneau counties.

VIDEO: 23 trees blown over in north Madison

Monroe police reported damage to trees and minor to moderate damage to buildings caused by the severe thunderstorm that passed through the area at 6:30 p.m.

According to a release, an external wall of Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe’s central downtown was peeled back and various residences had damage city-wide.

About a dozen trees had fallen city-wide including one small park that had nearly all of the trees down or damaged, according to the release.

Monroe officials said no injuries have been reported at this time.

Officials said they are working on clearing roadways and power is out in isolated areas.

According to the release, officials are estimating the storm had straight line winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday’s Grant County tornado was an EF0, although damage from a possible tornado in Richland County was determined to be from straight-line winds

On Friday, the threat of severe weather will shift to the south and impact areas mainly south of Madison. Once again, these storms will develop in the afternoon, and the main threat from severe weather will be in the form of high winds.

A cold front will sweep through late Saturday, which will cool things down into the 60s and dry the area out for early next week.

VIDEO: Storm damage reported; severe weather continues to push through area