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Gov. Walker declares state of emergency for 3 storm-ravaged counties

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency Friday in three southern Wisconsin counties hardest hit by this week's storms.

Walker told state agencies to help local officials in Dane, Green, and Grant counties as they need it.

Six tornadoes touched down around midnight Monday night. Friday, the National Weather Service confirmed yet another twister which landed Wednesday morning 2 miles northeast of Black Earth in Dane County. Officials said it was an EF-0, the lightest tornado ranking. It damaged trees while on the ground for about a quarter-mile.

As part of the state of emergency, Walker also called the state's National Guard to active duty. He asked Adjutant General Don Dunbar to provide troops to help wherever necessary.

Dane County officials said Thursday they had tallied almost $15 million in damages to homes, businesses, and public facilities in the week's storms.

UW-Platteville had damages to six campus buildings and a park -- and the total dollar estimates were still being rounded up. Green County said it had around 80 homes damaged.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)