Wind and rain cause power outages, downed trees in Janesville

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Xavier Ward
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

JANESVILLE—Heavy rain and straight-line winds of 60 mph downed trees and powerlines, causing power outages throughout the city Wednesday, said Marcia Cronce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sullivan.

Winds tipped a semitrailer truck at County A and Emerald Grove Road, Rock County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ryan Ooms said.

Winds also tore the roof off a barn at Highway 14 and Scharine Road, Ooms said.

Ooms said no weather related injuries were reported.

John and Barb Hauk, 3050 Creedy Road, Beloit, cut up a maple tree downed by high winds late Wednesday afternoon. Neighbor Wade Sweger had pushed the tree out of the road with his tractor.

"It was brutal," John said. "You couldn't see the front yard. The wind was about like a hurricane."

The first round of storms hit Janesville at 6:46 p.m. A second wave of storms rolled through the area at about 10:15 p.m.

An Alliant Energy online map showed Janesville had six power outages, affecting hundreds of people.

The Gazette's distribution center reported minor damage after a roof drain overfilled, spilling water into the office area, Technical Services Manager Chad Lette said.

Wind also picked up a postal pallet, damaging a sprinkler and a vehicle, Lette said.

Blackhawk Technical College closed its campus because of a power outage shortly after the first storm.

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