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State of emergency declared in Dane County due to storm damage

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Dane County officials have declared a state of emergency in the wake of a reported tornado, strong winds, and torrential rains overnight.

Emergency management officials said they received about 350 reports of storm damage by sunrise. Most of the damage was in Verona and Madison's southwest side.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi was touring the damaged areas Tuesday morning with the county's emergency management director. Communities plan to gather damage reports, with the possibility of seeking federal disaster aid.

Apparent tornado damage also occurred in Green County to the south. Wind damage was also reported in Lafayette and Grant counties -- where five buildings at UW-Platteville had damage at last word.

As of 9 a.m., almost 25,000 Wisconsin electric customers were still without power. Most were in the Milwaukee and Muskego areas, as We Energies reported almost 12,500 total customers out throughout eastern Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Power and Light still had 7,000 outages, including almost 5,000 in Grant County. Madison Gas and Electric reported over 3,000 customers without power.

It was dry throughout Wisconsin at mid-morning, except for lingering showers in Manitowoc. More rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Tuesday night.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)