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MADISON, Wis. -Severe storms caused damage throughout south central Wisconsin Monday night, including nearly 350 damage reports in Dane County. A state of emergency was declared for Dane County Tuesday morning by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan.

The National Weather Service said an EF3 tornado hit Verona with winds at about 140 mph.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said the storm did an estimated $7 million to $10 million in damage. He said some houses were moved from their foundation and there's a lot of damage but no buildings were leveled.

Parisi toured storm-damaged parts of Verona and Madison with Dane County Emergency Management Director Charles Tubbs.

“Given the extent of the damage in some of our neighborhoods we feel fortunate no one was seriously hurt,” Parisi said. “Many people’s lives were changed shortly after midnight and now we need to do what we can to help them get back on their feet.”

Parisi said 19 homes in Verona have been declared uninhabitable. He said the damage is consistent with a tornado.

Communities will collect damage reports and pass them on to the county which will share them with state officials in hopes of securing a federal disaster declaration.


About 16 homes in Madison were damaged, according to Dane County Emergency Management.  Madison Mayor Paul Soglin toured damage Tuesday morning on Madison's southwest side on Friar Lane, where at least 6 roofs were blown off area homes. The Red Cross assisted two families with housing and other emergency needs in the area.

WATCH: A look inside a damaged home on Friar Lane

Madison fire officials said there is tree damage throughout the city. Fire officials said the cleanup has already begun in the city, but they warn it make take several days to fix all the damage. They said that over the next several days, areas of the city will be barricaded for public safety, including the near east side, south of Williamson Street, including Jenifer Street, Spaight Street, Rutledge Street and Morrison Street.

The entirety of Friar Lane may also be closed to aid in the cleanup.

The Madison Fire Department said there were no injuries reported. Two people had to be extricated from west side homes.

Building inspection officials want damage reports and ask homeowners with damage to call 608-266-4551.

Madison police will be sending assistance to police in Verona.

Some Madison parks will be closed because of damage.


As of 5 a.m. MG&E was reporting more than 3,400 customers were without power in the Madison area. Alliant Energy was reporting 1,407 customers in Dane County without power. The hardest hit areas in Madison include the Isthmus, Schroeder Road and the West Towne area, according to MG&E.

Those numbers declined throughout the morning, according to both utilities. MG&E said that as of 11 a.m. about 1,000 customers were still without power. They hope to restore power to 800 of those customers by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Crews will work through the night to restore power to the remaining 350 customers in the Tokay Boulevard area.

At the peak of the storm, about 5,000 MG&E customers were without power.

EF3 tornado hit Verona; Soglin estimates storm costs at $7-10 million

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