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Hail, high winds, flooding from early morning storms in La Crosse area



High winds and hail were reported in the La Crosse area as storms swept through western Wisconsin this morning. 

The National Weather Service says 50 mile an hour winds were clocked west of Melrose, just before 8 a.m.  The winds were 60 miles per hour or stronger in Wausau and areas of northern Wisconsin. 

Hailstones up to 1 inch were found south of La Crosse, near Stoddard, and also in La Crescent. 

Water blocked some streets in La Crosse following heavy rain between 8 and 9 a.m. 

It appeared to be the largest amount of rain in La Crosse in nearly two weeks. 

The weather service issued a thunderstorm warnings for parts of La Crosse, Vernon, Monroe and Jackson Counties, with some of the most severe activity around Sparta, Tomah, and Fort McCoy. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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