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Storms bring inches of rain, power outages

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River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Severe weather brought heavy rain, high winds and power outages for many residents of west-central and northwest Wisconsin June 13-14.

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Xcel Energy's outage web site said on the morning of June 15 that 56 people in Hudson were experiencing power outages, as well as a few in Afton, Minn., Eau Claire and Menomonie.

Barron and Saint Croix counties had hail of up to an inch during the storms. Rice Lake was pounded with 1.1 inches of rain. The National Weather Service said up to five inches of rain fell in parts of Barron County.

In Bayfield County, winds hit 60-miles-an-hour near Cornucopia. The National Weather Service issued a small-stream flood advisory June 14 for Sawyer and Washburn counties.

The morning of June 15, about 6,700 customers in north-central Wisconsin had no electricity after heavy thunderstorms. The Wisconsin Public Service utility said almost 2,800 hundred customers were without power in Rhinelander. In the Wausau area, around 2,000 were still in the dark during morning.

Neillsville had 1.5 inches of rain June 14, and trees and power lines fell in parts of Clark and Marathon counties. Thursday brought flash flooding in Sawyer, Washburn, and Barron counties in northwest Wisconsin.

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