EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Western Wisconsin received another round of severe weather on Saturday – a day after powerful storms ripped through many counties north of Eau Claire.
The first warnings for the WEAU 13 News viewing area were issued by the National Weather Service around 8 a.m. A tornado warning was issued just after 9 a.m. for northeastern La Crosse, southwestern Jackson and southeastern Trempealeau counties. Radar had detected a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado over North Bend, or 18 miles northwest of Sparta.
The impact of the morning storms was felt at Country Jam USA. WEAU was on the scene of a camper which suffered severe damage from a fallen tree. According to the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department, one person was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with non-threatening injuries.
The start of Saturday’s slate of acts at Country Jam USA was delayed until 3:30 p.m. Campground and hotels shuttles will begin running at approximately 3 p.m.
“We are looking forward to seeing some clear skies and a great night,” Kathy Wright, a spokesperson for Country Jam USA, said in an updated release. “Unfortunately, due to the rain, we have had to cancel The Wild Feathers and move a few acts to the Riverside Stage.”
The revised schedule for Saturday is:
• 4 PM: Casi Joy (Riverside Stage)
• 5:30 PM : High Valley (Riverside Stage)
• 6:30 PM: LOCASH
• 8 PM: Maren Morris
• 9:45 PM: Keith Urban
Many communities near and north of the Eau Claire area were still cleaning up after Friday night’s line of storms. A disaster declaration was put in place for Polk County on Saturday. A release from the Polk County sheriff’s office said the county sustained damage to buildings, power lines, property, and trees, and flash flooding had occurred. Close to 7,000 residents of Polk County without power, according to utility providers.
The declaration allows Polk County Emergency Management to seek disaster funding if recovery costs exceed established thresholds.
Xcel Energy reported around 10,000 customers remained without service, in a release out Saturday morning.
“We understand losing power is a major inconvenience, and we appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to restore service in difficult conditions after last night’s storm,” B.J. Rauckman, senior director of distribution operations for Xcel Energy-Wisconsin, said in the release.
The release said locations most significantly affected include Amery and the Rice Lake area, along with other portions of northern Wisconsin.
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