UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) About 200 electric customers were still without power this morning in southern Wisconsin, after thousands were in the dark due to heavy storms late yesterday. The National Weather Service said a rare “gust-nado” might have landed near DeForest north of Madison, where most of a roof was blown off a house – and the debris caused minor damage to other homes. A “gust-nado” is often mistaken for a weak tornado, but it has does not have the same type of rotation. In Waukesha County, two horses were struck by lightning, and two women were hurt while riding them in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. T-V reports said the horses threw off their riders and ran away. The women were said to be up walking after the incident. They were taken to a hospital to be checked out.
We Energies said 6,400 electric customers had lost their power in yesterday’s storms in eastern Wisconsin. Only about 75 were still out as of 5am. Over 110 Wisconsin Power-and-Light customers were still without electricity, mostly in the Janesville area where almost an inch of rain fell in 10 minutes. Racine was hit with three-and-a-half inches of rain. Palmyra had the most, 3.8-inches in two waves of storms. Small hail fell at Whitewater and Eagle.
Muggy weather returns to much of Wisconsin today, with highs in the 70’s-and-80’s. There’s a chance for more storms through tonight – and forecasters say some could be severe.