Fast-moving storm causes minor damage

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ALBANY—A quick-moving storm along the Green-Rock county line dumped heavy rain and small hail, leaving a handful of broken power poles Wednesday, authorities said.

Weather officials placed areas of Albany, Evansville, Brodhead and Orfordville under a tornado warning as the storm moved through about 3 p.m.

County emergency officials said weather spotters saw rotating clouds, and there were reports of a potential tornado that touched down briefly near Albany. Green County Emergency Management and Green County Sheriff's Office officials called the tornado reports “unconfirmed.”

The storm weakened as it moved southeast, National Weather Service officials said, but it did pack heavy straight-line winds, which authorities said snapped off three electrical poles near the village of Albany.

Albany Police Chief Robert Levitt said the storm had rotating clouds and moved through in about 10 minutes, dropping brief “torrential” rain. He said a tree limb blew down over a power line in the village and caught fire.

Firefighters told Levitt they saw small-sized hail outside the village.

Levitt said he'd had no reports of injuries or structure damage Wednesday afternoon. He said he did get reports that Alliant Energy crews were working outside the village Wednesday afternoon to repair a few lines downed in the storm.

Last updated: 4:18 pm Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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