Severe weather sweeps across parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin

By KBJR News 1

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Severe weather sweeps across parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin

June 18, 2014 Updated Jun 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Wisconsin is definitely feeling the wrath of severe storms that swept across the southern part of the state Wednesday morning. Trees and power lines are down from La Crosse to Madison to Milwaukee.

The National Weather Service confirms six tornados touched down in southern Wisconsin during the late evening and early morning hours of June 16–17. As of 10 Wednesday morning 17,229 people were without power.

Parts of Minnesota were also hit with six inches of rain Tuesday worsening flooding.

Area officials are calling it a severe–storm situation. Numerous emergency operation centers have been set up and some cities/counties are drafting emergency declarations, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Sandbagging continues in the wake of continued rain and many roads are closed due to flooding in several northern and southern Minnesota counties. As of Tuesday evening the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) had delivered 16,000 sandbags to Kabetogama in St. Louis County.

Throughout Koochiching County in northern Minnesota, people are continuing to assess needs for additional sandbagging volunteers. Rainy Lake is predicted to crest in mid–July.

Ramona Marozas