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Officials urge caution while driving in severe storms


The latest round of storms brought heavy rain, wind and plenty of lightning to central Wisconsin.

Officials said although it's common sense, you need to be careful on the roads during strong storms.

State Patrol officials said your tires play a big role in how your car handles, especially as water pools on the highway. They said that's when hydroplaning becomes a problem.

Officials also said when heavy rains come through the area, keeping your distance is extremely important.

"Our biggest factor was the driving rain and the deluge of rain that came down, that reduced visibility and an extra concern for us here of course is those construction zones, so those with the lane shifts and the barrels it makes it even more important that you can see where you're going," said Wisconsin State Patrol Lt. Steve Krueger.

State Patrol officials said they haven't received any reports of problems on the road due to the storm. They said they will have officers on the road throughout Thursday evening watching for problems.

Authorities said if you're out on the roads and you can't see, it's best to just pull over and wait it out.

Officials said if you see any downed trees or power lines, give law enforcement a call, do not approach them.

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