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Nearly 36,000 electric customers without power in Milwaukee area

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - About 36,000 electric customers just north and west of Milwaukee were without power at daybreak.

That was after another round of heavy storms.

We Energies reported new outages during the night. About 114,000 We Energies customers in southeast Wisconsin lost their electricity Monday.

Almost 30 power poles were damaged in what the utility said was its worst outage in the last 10 years.

Wisconsin Power and Light had 1,500 customers out, down from a high of 10,000.

Rapid rains of up to two-and-a-half inches and winds up to 78 miles an hour toppled trees throughout the southern part of the Badger State.

Pardeeville -- which had an inch-and-a-half of rain in 20 minutes on Sunday -- got another half-inch late Monday night.

Governor Scott Walker toured storm damage in La Crosse Monday -- but that city doesn't get much, compared to what parts of southwest and northwest Wisconsin got over the past few days.

WEAU-TV of Eau Claire said the Colfax school had $1 million of damage from a tornado on Friday. A pair of tornadoes were confirmed near Dodgeville and in rural Dane County on Sunday. And a funnel cloud was spotted late Monday in Grant County, but it didn't touch down.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)