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Columbus hit hard by storm damage


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- One city hit hard by severe thunderstorms that blew through Wisconsin is Columbus where many streets are littered with tree branches and debris.
The strong wind toppled large trees, tearing some off their roots. And it was powerful enough to bend the flagpole outside Columbus High School. The roof collapsed into a pole barn between Columbus and Beaver Dam.
A temporary aid station has been set up at Columbus Middle School. Local fire officials advised against traveling in the city until downed power lines could be cleared. The storms also brought torrential rain to the area, flooding farms and residential yards.
We Energies crews made progress Monday in restoring power to more than 30,000 customers in its coverage area.

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