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Gov. Walker tours storm damage in Platteville, Verona

PLATTEVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker went to Platteville late Tuesday morning to get a handle on the overnight storm damage in far southwest Wisconsin.

Walker also plans to visit hard hit Verona early Tuesday afternoon.

A reported five buildings on the UW-Platteville campus were damaged, and the school was only open to essential personnel Tuesday.

Wisconsin Power and Light is restoring electricity slowly but surely. As of 11:20 a.m., almost 3,200 customers in Platteville's home county of Grant were still in the dark. UW officials said much of the community was without power during the night.

Dane County declared a state of emergency after an apparent tornado caused an elementary school to collapse in Verona, and damaging 15 homes there. The southwest side of Madison was also hard hit, and Dane County officials said they had 350 reports of damage early Tuesday morning.

New damage reports include a barn blowing down near Milton in Rock County, and a tree falling onto a shed at Holmen in La Crosse County.

Watertown now has the state's biggest reported rainfall from the storms -- 2.75 inches. More thunderstorms were due to return to Wisconsin late Tuesday and Tuesday night.

As of late morning, no storm watches or warnings were in effect.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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