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Storms illuminate Wisconsin sky


Another round of thunderstorms pushed across Wisconsin Saturday night prompting multiple severe thunderstorm warnings and at least one reported tornado touchdown.

According to preliminary reports relayed by the National Weather Service office in Milwaukee/Sullivan, Wis., the tornado was observed by a trained spotter southwest of the community of Rio.

The storm report issued at 8:55 p.m. Saturday, states a rain-wrapped tornado was on the ground with a debris cloud near Goose Pond Road in Columbia County.

Several reports of thunderstorm wind damage were reported in Wisconsin, including one stating a downed tree had blocked a roadway in Blue Mounds. A report from the National Weather Service Office in La Crosse stated power lines had been taken down by an uprooted tree near Galesville in Trempealeau County.

With parts of the state having picked up several inches of rain this weekend, flooding is also becoming a concern. Reports of flash flooding were relayed via the National Weather Service in Crawford, Grant, Vernon and Trempealeau Counties.

An emergency manager reported to the National Weather Service that flash flooding was occuring in Richland County on Saturday night. According to the report issued at 11:06 p.m. Saturday, mudslides had closed sections of Highway 60 between the communities Muscoda and Gotham.

In Adams County, a trained weather spotter reported to the National Weather Service that in the span of 10 to 15 minutes, .85" of rain fell in Big Flats on Saturday night. The rain fell as a thunderstorm that had prompted a severe warning moved from west to east across the county.

That same thunderstorm cell was responsible for reported tree damage near Necedah in Juneau County.

Saturday's thunderstorms came during a period of active weather across the upper Midwest. Warm and humid conditions have been working in tandem with upper-level features in the atmosphere and a stationary front parked across the state.

Thunderstorms, some of which could be strong to severe are possible again on Sunday in Central Wisconsin.

Photo courtesy of Amber Hill.

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