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Strong storms hit region

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Courtesy: Kellen McClure/ view from a home in Wisner, Nebraska of the Pilger tornadoes. Courtesy: Kellen McClure/ view from a home in Wisner, Nebraska of the Pilger tornadoes.
Tree down along La Crosse Street near UWL Monday night Tree down along La Crosse Street near UWL Monday night
A tree blown onto a vehicle in a UWL parking lot Monday evening A tree blown onto a vehicle in a UWL parking lot Monday evening
Courtesy: Emmylou Hetland-Lightning flashes across the sky near West Salem High School Monday evening Courtesy: Emmylou Hetland-Lightning flashes across the sky near West Salem High School Monday evening
Courtesy: Jessica Merriman-Lightning strike near Independence, WI Monday Courtesy: Jessica Merriman-Lightning strike near Independence, WI Monday
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - A powerful line of storms moved across the Upper Midwest Monday afternoon and evening with strong winds and heavy rains causing a wide path of damage.

The storm system generated a number of tornadoes that severely damaged the small town of Pilger, Nebraska.  Twin tornadoes touched down within a mile of each other.  In its wake-a 5-year-old child was dead and at least 19 people were injured.

By the time the storms reached southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, there were reports of funnel clouds but no touchdowns.

In the La Crosse area, wind gusts toppled a number of trees in the city around UW-L and the downtown area. There were no reports of injuries.

The worst damage from the weather came from Platteville in Grant County.  National Weather Service reports said that some houses were flattened and some buildings collapsed. Trees were blown on several homes.  One person was injured from flying glass when windows broke out. Cars were also flipped over from what they're classifying as thunderstorm wind damage.

A report from a member of the public said a ten inch diameter tree was blown down near Saint Mary's in Monroe County.

Xcel Energy is working to restore lost power to homes in the area. Most those who lost power had theirs restored late Monday or in the early hours of Tuesday. Spot outages to single homes remained.

Gusts from 50 to 70 mph were recorded around the region including Coon Valley, Hillsboro, and Austin.

The storms also produced heavy rains which flooded streets and parking lots in places such as Rochester and Boscobel.

As a result of the rain, there are Flash Flood Watches and Flood Watches for most of the WXOW coverage area.



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LA CROSSE,Wis. (WXOW) - Severe weather is moving in a wide swath across the Midwest Monday evening. Tornadoes, hail, heavy rain, and strong winds are being reported as the storm front moves from Iowa and Minnesota into Wisconsin

The National Weather Service had numerous severe thunderstorm warnings, watches and advisories across NE Iowa, SE Minnesota, and Western Wisconsin.

The entire WXOW viewing area is under a tornado watch until 1:00 a.m.

Shortly after 9:00 p.m., gusty winds blew down several trees near UW-L and in downtown La Crosse.

There were reports of funnel clouds visible in Winneshiek County shortly before 9:00 p.m., but no touchdowns were reported.

Near Westgate in Fayette County, Iowa, law enforcement said that barns were blown down with parts of tin roofs across roadways.

As the storm moved into Wisconsin, the NWS reported 65 mph wind gusts at the Coon Valley Fire Department. 

Other media reports showed heavy rains covering roads with several inches of water in the Rochester area. The rainfall has led to a Flash Flood Warning for Winona, Wabasha, and eastern Olmsted counties until 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Much of the remaining parts of the region are under a Flash Flood Watch until 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Drivers are urged to not to drive through floodwaters.

Early storm reports have gusts of 60 mph in Austin and Dodge Center. Nickel sized hail and 65 mph wind gusts were noted in Olmsted County.


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