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Walker to seek federal aid for tornado damage


VERONA, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Governor Scott Walker says he'll seek both federal-and-state aid to help storm victims who don't have enough insurance. The Republican governor made the comment yesterday after touring Platteville and Verona -- where three tornadoes touched down late Monday night. The National Weather Service said yesterday that an "F"-Three tornado hit Verona with winds of up to 140-miles an hour. It blew down a wall at Country View Elementary School and made 19 homes in Verona uninhabitable while damaging dozens of others.

In Platteville, football players said they probably lost their home games this fall after an F-2 twister with 120-mile-an-hour winds hit Pioneer Stadium and twisted the bleachers and snapped off light poles. The storm also tore the roofs off two dormitories. Five buildings in all were damaged on the Platteville campus, and a dozen homes were destroyed in that community.

The twisters were the first in Wisconsin in 2014. Meanwhile, more heavy thunderstorms rumbled through the state last night and early this morning. Plover had one-and-a-quarter inch hail, 47-mile-an-hour winds, and just over an inch of rain in 37 minutes. Golf-ball-sized hail also fell near downtown Milwaukee, and at Augusta in Eau Claire County.

There's a chance for more thunderstorms throughout the day. At least a chance of rain is in the statewide forecast every day through Sunday.