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Officials: Sun Prairie, Cottage Grove hit hardest by storms

High wind from a severe storm knocked down trees and power lines in Dane County a day after tornadoes caused extensive damage in the area.

The Sun Prairie and Cottage Grove areas, especially the Bird Street neighborhood in Sun Prairie, were hardest hit, according to Dane County officials. At least five houses in Sun Prairie were damaged by fallen trees. Cars were also damaged.

The National Weather Service reported damage in the Sun Prairie area was likely caused by "microburst" winds that might have exceeded 80 mph and not a tornado.

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Madison Gas and Electric had at one time about 8,118 customers without power, and as of 9:45 p.m. Wednesday power had been restored to over 99 percent of the 8,000 customers who lost power. MGE officials said crews will continue working through the night until all services have been restored.

Police investigate $14K copper theft

Madison police are investigating a copper theft from a downtown construction site, according to a release.

An estimated $14,000 worth of copper was stolen from a construction site at 420 W. Johnson St., police said.

Officials believe the theft happened sometime over weekend.

A supervisor at an apartment construction site alerted police of the crime, according to the release. The supervisor said the wire had been stored in a parking garage of the new complex.

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EF2 hits Madison; Soglin: Storm cost $7M-$10M

Severe storms caused damage throughout south central Wisconsin Monday night, including nearly 350 damage reports in Dane County. A state of emergency was declared for Dane County Tuesday morning by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan.

The National Weather Service said an EF3 tornado hit Verona with winds at about 140 mph, and an EF2 tornado started on Friar Lane in Madison and went to Schroeder Road with winds estimated at 120 mph.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said the storm did an estimated $7 million to $10 million in damage. He said some houses were moved from their foundation and there's a lot of damage but no buildings were leveled.

Parisi toured storm-damaged parts of Verona and Madison with Dane County Emergency Management Director Charles Tubbs.

GEF-1 fire repairs continue, employees could return by August

Some employees at the GEF-1 state office building could be back to work in the downtown building by early August, according to a State Department of Administration release.

GEF-1 has been closed since a May 16 fire on the fourth floor caused damage to multiple floors.

The fourth floor was turned back over to the DOA on June 12, and crews are now able to get into the area and start estimating the extent and cost of the damage, needed repairs and a possible timeline for reoccupying the building, according to the release.

The Department of Workforce Development and the Department of Children and Families offices, which are housed in the GEF-1 building, have continued to operate from alternate locations.

City crews to increase brush collection from storm damage

The Madison Streets Division will be diverting crews to brush collection of the next several days following Monday night?s severe storms, according to a release.

There will be at least 28 crews doing brush collection in the next several days, officials said. Other crews will also be assigned to brush clean-up when they finish their regular assignments.

?We are committed to an all-out effort to get brush picked up from Madison residents who have suffered storm damage,? Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley said in the release. ?We hope to we can assist our customers in a quick recovering from this event.?

The rule limiting the amount of brush that can be brought to drop off sites in Madison will also be rescinded, according to the release. Residents will be allowed to bring an unlimited amount of brush to the drop-off sites, instead of the usual limit of one pickup or trailer load per day.

Electricity powers new free Green Cab downtown

Electricity powers new free Green Cab downtown

Green Cab unveiled a new golf cart/car hybrid cab over the weekend that is run entirely on electricity.

The cab holds five passengers, can drive on streets with speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less, and is free.

Green Cab employees said the cab lives up to the company's name.

"It's obviously the greenest taxi cab in the town because it's electric so people support that idea, as well as something that they can access around State Street and the Capitol quite easily," Green Cab Manager Phil Anderson said.

Anderson said the company will likely purchase more electric cars, and that the service will stay free.

The cab will be out Thursdays through Saturdays depending on the weather.

Firefighters ask public to Fill the Boot for charity

Madison firefighters will be raising money for local families Wednesday during their Fill the Boot fundraising campaign, according to a release.

Members of the Madison Professional Fire Fighters Local 311 and the Muscular Dystrophy Association will celebrate their 60-year partnership with their annual campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Madison area, organizers said.

More than 75 firefighters will be out across the city with boots in hand for this year?s drive, according to the release. They will be at intersections across Madison, Fitchburg and Sun Prairie from 2-5 p.m.

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