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Tornado touches down in SW Wisconsin during line of strong storms


PATCH GROVE, WI (WTAQ) - A tornado touched down Tuesday night in far southwest Wisconsin, as severe thunderstorms rumbled through the southern part of the state.

Grant County authorities said the twister landed near Patch Grove around 7:40 p.m. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Numerous trees and power lines fell in much of the southwest quarter of Wisconsin. 80 mile an hour winds were reported at Red Mound in Vernon County. Some parts of the region had golf ball-sized hail.

Over 11,000 Alliant Energy customers in southern Wisconsin lost their power Tuesday night – but by 6 a.m. Wednesday, that number dropped to less than 1,000.

In southeast Wisconsin, almost 6,000 We Energies’ customers were without power during the night due to heavy storms. That included around 2,800 customers in Cudahy, just south of Milwaukee. Their electricity was restored late Tuesday night.

Forecasters expect more thunderstorms Wednesday. They’ll mainly be in the eastern half of Wisconsin. Some could be severe, as a cold front collides with a moist air mass.

Highs Wednesday are expected in the 70’s and 80’s. Once the rain clears out Wednesday night, much cooler and drier weather is predicted statewide. Most of Wisconsin might not get to 70 degrees on Friday and Saturday.