PLATTEVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's first tornadoes of 2014 were confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service said a pair of twisters touched down overnight in Platteville, and at least one tornado touched the ground in Dane County. That county, and Platteville to the west, both declared states of emergency.
The goal is to find out if there's enough damage to qualify for state and-or federal disaster aid. Governor Scott Walker visited Platteville and Verona Tuesday.
In Platteville, the weather service said a dozen homes were destroyed, 20 others were damaged, and there were numerous power failures, street closings, and cars flipped over. Five people were injured in their homes in Platteville, due to flying glass. One was treated at a hospital.
There was extensive damage at UW-Platteville. It was still being assessed Tuesday.
In Verona, 19 homes were left uninhabitable and 150 others had minor damage. An elementary school in Verona lost one of its walls.
At least 16 homes in Madison had severe damage. And several barns and homes were blown down in the Green County town of York.
The Weather Service also said a possible tornado touched down near Mineral Point -- and the same storm could have hit ground between New Glarus and Verona.
Meanwhile, the Weather Service says another round of heavy storms is on the way.
A flood watch is in effect from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday, with up to 3 inches of rain possible. Western Wisconsin is under a similar flood watch beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)