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UPDATE: NWS to assess damage in Livingston Thursday

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The National Weather Service out of La Crosse says it will send a team to Grant County Thursday, near Livingston, to assess storm damage.

The NWS would determine whether it was straight-line winds or a tornado that hit communities in Grant County.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Authorities say multiple homes are damaged and power poles snapped leaving people without power in parts of Grant County Wednesday night.

Grant County Emergency Management director Steve Braun released a report Wednesday night detailing the damage after strong storms came through around 5:30 p.m. The most severe damage happened near Livingston, where wind gusts measured in the 80 to 90 mph range. There is significant tree and power line damage in Lancaster, Montfort and Livingston. The village of Livingston is without power after more than 20 power line poles snapped. Alliant Energy does not have a timeline on restoring service. 

Three mobile homes were pushed off their foundations on Ebenezer Road in the Livingston area. Officials say those people have found places to stay. A natural gas leak happened at Trelay Farms after significant damage to buildings there. A tree fell on a home on Highway X in Bagley but no one was hurt.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office closed Highway 80 between Livingston and Montfort because power lines were down when poles snapped in the wind. It reopened around 10 p.m. 

The storms also brought flash flooding to parts of the county. Roads were washed out at Nelson Dewey State Park and Mill Branch Road in rural Cassville was flooded with two feet of moving water over the road. Model Road near Hazel Green had to be closed for flooding, too. 

GRANT COUNTY (WKOW) -- Authorities are assessing damage after a severe storm tore through southwestern Wisconsin Wednesday.

Wisconsin Emergency Management tells 27 News there were reports of heavy, damaging winds in Grant County and a tornado touchdown in Pierce County earlier in the evening.

"We don't know if there's been any tornado confirmed [in Grant County] yet, but heavy wind damage, trees, power lines, barns, homes damaged, so we're getting a lot of reports of damage throughout the western part of the state," spokesperson Tod Pritchard tells 27 News.

Grant County Sheriff's Office has closed Highway 80 from County A to Highway 18 in Montfort because of downed power lines and poles in several areas. A viewer sent us photos showing power lines down on Glaeser Road there.

Grant County officials say if you see any damage to buildings or property, call Emergency Management at (608) 723-7171 and leave a message.

The National Weather Service says a possible tornado touched down in Green County, where there are reports of roof damage and power poles snapped near Monroe and Monticello. The damage path crosses Highway 69.

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