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Rain, thunderstorms pelt western Wisconsin

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The western half of Wisconsin has been hit with several waves of heavy thunderstorms since yesterday afternoon.


Winds hit 60-miles-an-hour at several locations from Lone Rock to River Falls. Trees and power lines fell in a number of places. Potosi in southwest Wisconsin got tennis-ball-sized hail early this morning.


The Beloit area was hit hard around the middle of last evening. A tree fell through the roof of a house between Afton and Beloit, and fallen trees closed Highway 11 in Orfordville for a time.


A flood hit parts of Ashland last night, and the four-lane Highway Two through the city was reduced to two lanes. Roads were closed in rural Ashland County. That county, plus Douglas and Bayfield, are under flood advisories until 9:15 this morning.


The National Weather Service blamed the storms on a large low-pressure system in the Great Plains. There’s a chance of more storms through Wednesday, as the system gets closer to the Upper Midwest. So far, the Weather Service has had no reports of significant storm damage in the eastern part of Wisconsin.