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UPDATE: Flash flood warnings continue into Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Clark, Jackson and Monroe Counties until 3:00 a.m. Thursday.

This is in advent of several severe and strong thunderstorms that moved across the region Wednesday night.

According to the National Weather Service, Doppler radar units indicate between two and three inches of rain may have fallen on Wednesday evening in parts of Clark, Jackson, and Monroe Counties.

A Flash Flood Warning is issued by the National Weather Service when flooding has been confirmed to be in progress or likely to be occurring.

Earlier Wednesday evening, much of the Newsline 9 viewing area was placed under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch. As of 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, the watch has been dropped for all counties in Central Wisconsin.

Preliminary storm reports from the National Weather Service indicate thunderstorm wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour were recorded in Coloma, 41 miles per hour in Marshfield, 40 miles per hour in Merrill and Athens and 30 miles per hour in Rhinelander and Weston.

The thunderstorms in Wisconsin were part of a larger storm complex that sparked more than 160 high wind reports in the Midwest and Plains states. The National Weather Service had preliminary received more than 120 reports of large hail and at least 21 tornadoes as of 9:26 p.m. Wednesday.

One of the reported tornadoes was in the far southwestern corner of Wisconsin.

Thunderstorms will remain in the forecast for much of the region Wednesday night as an unsettled atmosphere abounds across much of the Upper Midwest.

Once again Thursday and Friday there is at least the potential for more rounds of scattered showers and thunderstorms in the forecast.

For the latest forecast from the Storm Track 9 team of meteorologists and a live radar follow this link here.

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