Storm damage, power outages reported throughout region

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - Skies turned dark and the rain came down in torrents as severe storms rumbled across eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The storms sparked numerous severe thunderstorm warnings and some tornado warnings as they advanced from south to north Sunday, though no confirmed touchdowns.

High winds knocked out power for around more than 2,000 customers in Chippewa County Sunday night.

Xcel Energy says crews were dispatched in widespread areas from the Wissota Beach area into Cadott. Power was restored around 10:00 p.m. Sunday.

Powerlines were down due to high winds from a thunderstorm.

34 outages were also listed for Eau Claire with restoration expected by 10:39 p.m. Sunday.

57 outages were reported in the Ladysmith area, with restoration expected by 12:25 a.m. Monday.

Crews are also on scene in Shell Lake restoring power.

In Buffalo County, the sheriff's department says up to a dozen power poles are down near Cochrane.

Pictures sent to us from viewers show downed trees in areas like Strum and Hixton.

There were scattered reports of power outages, downed lines and tree damage across the region as far east as Madison, Wis.

The National Weather Service says winds gusted as high as 60 mph in Rochester, Minn., and Elko, Minn., and 58 mph near River Falls, Wis., and Dunn, Wis. Street flooding was reported in Chanhassen, Minn., and Waseca, Minn. Power poles were bent at 45-degree angles by high winds near Blooming Prairie, Minn.

The rain prompted a three-hour interruption of the Twins-Red Sox game at Target Field.

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