Storms sweep across southern Wisconsin

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Associated Press | July 1, 2014

SULLIVAN — Severe thunderstorms have been packing high winds across southern Wisconsin.

The storms have triggered tornado warnings in the Madison area. Winds gusted as high as 78 mph near Lancaster in Gant County in the southwest corner of the state, while a funnel cloud was spotted near nearby Livingston.

The National Weather Service says trees have been knocked down in Grant and neighboring Iowa counties. Electrical poles came down in Mineral Point.

Meteorologist Denny VanCleve calls Monday's storms a "high-moisture event" that could drop 1 to 2 inches of rain in quick cloudbursts.

The weather service also says a survey team has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado tracked through Iowa County Sunday, and an EF-1 tornado hit rural Dane County Sunday evening. Both caused significant damage to trees and buildings.

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