Weather Forecast


Hudson hit by second windstorm in a day

A large crew from St. Croix Tree Service works Saturday morning to remove a tree from the roof of a house in the 1000 block of Second Street in Hudson. The tree was blown over in the second windstorm that hit Hudson on Friday, June 21.1 / 3
The roots of a tree on the west side of Second Street upheaved the sidewalk when the tree was blown over in Friday night's storm.2 / 3
Bandi Helnke, a worker for Michels Power, closes a fuse on a electric pole at the corner of St. Croix and Fifth street at about 11 a.m. Saturday. Helnke said the action would restore power a Fifth Street neighborhood near Willow River Elementary School. But the fuse exploded when he closed it.3 / 3

The second windstorm in a day blew through Hudson at about 8 p.m. Friday, knocking down more trees, causing additional damage to homes and again putting the city and surrounding area in the dark.

If you haven't lost a tree in the violent storm that hit at about 4:15 a.m. Friday, or the follow-up punch 16 hours later, you can consider yourself lucky. Scores of Hudson-area residents are busy clearing tree limbs from their lawns or making arrangements with a contractor to remove fallen trees.

The buzz of chainsaws can be heard in many neighborhoods.

After having power restored at about 11 a.m. Friday, much of the city of Hudson was plunged into darkness again when the evening storm hit with high winds, lightning and torrential rainfall. The rain at times seemed to be hitting houses horizontally, pushed by the strong gusts.

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts as high as 61 mph at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

A residence in North Hudson received 2.4 inches of rain Friday evening, on top of the 1.5 inches that fell in the morning.

Xcel Energy, on its online Power Outage site, reported at 8:45 a.m. that 1,305 were still without power in the Hudson area.

"Crews are back at work this morning, busy with clean-up efforts after the storms. 

We anticipate restoring service to the impacted customers by 6 p.m. tonight," the power company reported.

Crews from Michaels Power are in Hudson assisting in the effort.

The Pioneer Press newspaper reports that crews have been called in from as far away as Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa to help in the effort.

St. Croix Electric customers on the north side of North Hudson lost power again at shortly after 8 p.m. Friday, but it was restored about three and a half hours later.

The city of Hudson is telling residents that it is their responsibility to arrange for the pickup of yard debris.

"Please be aware that the city will remove tree branches and debris only from boulevard trees. Branches and debris from non-boulevard, side or backyard trees are the responsibility of the homeowner. A tree service should be contacted for removal," a notice on the city website reads.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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