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Verona recovers after tornado tears through area

VERONA (WAOW) - The first tornado of the year in Wisconsin ripped through the southern part of the state, causing severe damage. Now, one town is trying to recover from the storm.

Rubble covers part of the Town of Verona in Dane County after a strong storm.

"In Verona, we have approximately 19 homes with severe damage," said Bernard Coughlin, the Verona Police Chief.

A spokesperson with the National Weather Service says a category three tornado tore through the area, bringing with it winds up to 140 miles an hour.

"Two separate circulations merged and went about over Verona," said Steve Brueske, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service.

Trees and branches snapped, cars overturned, and sides of houses lay in the streets. The storm wreaked havoc on an elementary school, leaving brick walls destroyed and causing the roof to collapse.

"We never want to have something like this,” said Governor Scott Walker. “Certainty when it's one of your homes here. I was talking to the parents of one of the homeowners over here and you know if it's your home you feel devastated."

Governor Walker visited the school and the area to catch a glimpse of the damage.

"We saw folks responding right away to make sure everyone was safe here and safety is paramount," said Walker.

Now, the community is trying to recover.

The Verona police chief says there were no injuries from this tornado, and he hopes to have power restored within the next 24 hours.

"You plan for the worst, hope for the best and reality finds you somewhere in between," said Walker.

The town is hopeful to rebuild from the storm, and regain what was lost.

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