(5/3/12) A cabin owned by Congressman Ron Kind was destroyed by fire overnight near Melrose in Trempealeau County.
A spokeswoman for the La Crosse Democrat confirmed the blaze, and said it was believed to have been caused by lightning from the severe thunderstorms that went through the area. No one was in the cabin at the time, and no one was hurt. The spokeswoman said Kind was in nearby Blair today, working with authorities to address other damage caused by high winds, hail, and heavy rains. Meanwhile, heavy storms went through far northwest Wisconsin late this morning. Just over one-inch of rain fell in an hour’s time near Osceola in Polk County. Hail and 47-mile-an-hour wind gusts were reported near Somerset in Saint Croix County. In east central Wisconsin, flood waters were receding just before the lunch hour in Berlin, where cars were stalling after they drove into high water. Up to four-and-a-half inches of rain fell during the night in an area from Green Lake to Manitowoc counties, including the Oshkosh and Appleton areas. The Wisconsin Public Service utility had about three-thousand electric customers out at mid-morning. By early afternoon, that figure dropped to around 13-hundred – virtually all in the Wausaukee area. Also, thunderstorms rumbled into southeast Wisconsin this afternoon. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 1:45 for eastern Dane County and Jefferson County. And the National Weather Service has issued an urban-and-small stream flood advisory until four o’clock southern Brown County, southwest Kewaunee County, and northern Manitowoc County.