MOUNT HOREB, WI (WTAQ) - One person was injured, and a hardware store had one of its walls collapse as severe thunderstorms rumbled through southern Wisconsin Wednesday evening.
The National Weather Service said a tree fell on a person’s head in Mount Horeb, causing minor injuries. Winds were gusting to 71 miles-an-hour at the time.
In Sauk City, authorities said the side of an Ace Hardware store blew down, and a number of trees fell there.
In Rock County, two-inch hail went through the roof of a farm house – and lightning started a utility pole on fire. Both those incidents happened near Orfordville.
Street flooding was common in south central Wisconsin Wednesday night, and in another round of storms in southwest Wisconsin late in the afternoon.
Winds hit 72 miles-an-hour in Prairie du Chien. There was a rock slide on Highway 35 near Lynxville in Crawford County. And parts of that region had up to 1.5 inches of rain.
Almost 4,000 electric customers lost their power in the storms, but fewer than 100 were still out as of 5:15 a.m. Thursday.
Madison picked up more than an inch of rain. But Jake Wimberley of the National Weather Service said it was enough to make lawns a bit greener – but it would not provide much relief for farmers and gardeners suffering from a summer-long drought.
Eastern Wisconsin was expected to get some rain Thursday – but forecasters say it will be dry throughout the rest of Wisconsin, with highs in the 70’s and 80’s.