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Lafayette County wants federal disaster aid after tornadoes and baseball-size hail

Lafayette County in southwest Wisconsin wants federal disaster aid, after thunderstorms and two tornadoes damaged thousands of acres of crops Friday.

A town snow plow had to clear the roads of hail.

Sheriff Scott Pedley says he's never seen crop damage so bad in his 20 years in office.

He also said at least 50 homes were damaged, and the hail dented two sheriff's squad cars.

County Board Chairman Jack Sauer says more than 20,000 acres of corn and soybeans were damaged in what he calls the most agriculture-dependent county in Wisconsin.

Joe Reichers said more than three-fourths of his 800 acres were ruined and his soybeans are nothing but stems.

He says his insurance should cover the damage.

Insurance adjusters are due in today to make inspections.

The National Weather Service said the tornadoes touched down near Shullsburg and New Diggins on Friday evening.

And baseball-sized hail was driven by winds of up to 65 mph.

Sunday, the weather service said a funnel cloud was spotted in Door County over the Bay of Green Bay.

It was between Sister Bay and Ellison Bay, and apparently did not touch the water.

Forecasters say there's a chance of more thunderstorms throughout Wisconsin today.

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