Storms leave behind wind, flood damage

Severe storms caused damage and knocked out power Wednesday night in several counties in southwestern Wisconsin.

A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for Vernon and Richland Counties until 9.a.m. Right now, many major highways in Richland County, including Wisconsin Highway 56, Wisconsin Highway 80 and Wisconsin Highway 131 are closed due to flooding.

A tornado warning was issued for parts of Sauk, Richland, Grant and Iowa counties around 7 p.m. The National Weather Service canceled the warning around 7:30 p.m. However, straight-line winds caused a lot of damage to trees in southwest Wisconsin.

Many people are without power in Verona and Mt. Horeb due to downed trees.

But damage wasn’t limited to Dane County.

The mayor of Prairie du Chien, Dave Hemmer, told News 3 storm cleanup could take weeks. A storm flattened buildings at the Prairie du Chien airport, causing a building to collapse on a vintage World War II plane stored at the facility.

Grant County Emergency Management officials said wind gusts were reported at 70 to 85 miles per hour throughout the county.

Damage reported in Grant County:

Possible tornado damage and trees down on Forest Road in the Blue River area

Power lines down and significant damage in the industrial park, including a roof torn off a commercial building, a semi tipped over and a gas leak at a commercial facility, in the Muscoda area

Home struck by lightning on North Jefferson Street in Lancaster

Home struck by lightning on Mount Ridge Road and cattle barn down on Town Line Road in Fennimore area

Commercial building under construction destroyed in Mount Hope near Highway 18

Barn down on Kansas Road in Bloomington area

Roof off commercial building on Church Street in Hazel Green area

Grant County officials said power will be out in multiple communities for several hours. According to the release, no injuries have been reported and all county and state highways are open.

Another tornado warning was issued for Dane, Green and Rock Counties around 8 p.m. The NWS canceled the warning around 8:30 p.m.

Hundreds of people at the Dane County Fair were moved into Exhibition Hall as the storms rolled through.

Officials confirmed to News 3 there were several fights inside the facility, including one where a Dane County deputy was hit trying to break it up.

The fair was closed for the night after the storms passed.

At least 15 roads are closed in Richland County, including seven county road, four township roads and portions of state highways 80, 58, 131, and 56.

As of 7 a.m., more than 150 customers were without power in the Madison area, according to Madison Gas and Electric. According to Alliant Energy, 8858 customers were without power in southwest Wisconsin.

Storms leave behind wind, flood damage