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Storm reports arriving after severe thunderstorm event

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Several severe thunderstorms dropped significant amounts of rain and kicked up strong wind gusts late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

According to Doppler radar estimates, more than two inches of rain fell in areas of Wood and Portage Counties on Wednesday night.

For much of the overnight time period late Wednesday and early Thursday, flash flood warnings were active in portions of Clark, Jackson and Monroe Counties. According to the National Weather Service, widespread areas in West Central Wisconsin picked up between two and five inches of rain in the severe weather event.

Preliminary storm reports relayed to the National Weather Service in Green Bay included wind gusts estimated at 50 miles per hour 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.

Numerous locations in southwest Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa recorded wind gusts stronger than 60 miles per hour on Wednesday night.

At least one tornado was reported in southwest Wisconsin in Richland County. According to the National Weather Service office in La Crosse, buildings and trees were damaged by the possible tornado late Wednesday.

All told, more than 20 tornadoes were reported on Wednesday across the Midwest and Plains along with more than 150 high wind reports and 90 large hail reports according to early data from the Storm Prediction Center.

In addition to warm and humid pushing into the region, and support from the jet stream, the severe weather event on Wednesday was connected to a large, slow-moving storm system centered over the northern tier of the United States. The system is forecast to slowly track east throughout the next several days. With the slow progression, the possibility for more scattered rain and thunder exists both Thursday and Friday. Each day could easily see strong to severe thunderstorms.

For a closer look at the latest forecast from the Storm Track 9 team of meteorologists follow this link here.

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