Severe Storm Friday Night Causes Power Outages, Tragic Death

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 at 7:08 am

Although no tornado was spotted in the listening area during the violent storms of Friday night, many people have been affected greatly. Extensive power outages in both Minnesota and Wisconsin left tens of thousands scrambling for answers.

Some were still without power as of late yesterday, over 72 hours after the storms had passed. The areas hardest hit seemed to be in Wisconsin, where towns like Grantsburg, Siren, Webster and Danbury saw scores of trees were knocked over and power lines downed.

According to the Burnett County Sheriff’s office, an 11-year-old girl from Hinckley was at a campground in Burnett County when she was killed from a tree that fell on her. The girl’s relative said that lightning hit a tree at the campground and she tried to run, but the tree fell and hit her.

The Red Cross has also visited both Grantsburg and Danbury to distribute food and water.

In Minnesota, folks from Cambridge, Pine City, Rush City, and east of Hinckley seemed to take the worst of it. As in Wisconsin, residents reported property damage, and some had power outages that lasted for several days.

East Central Energy reported that 16,000 people were without power right after the Friday night storm passed through. Hundreds of lines were downed, and crews worked around the clock to restore service. Even though ECE’s workers were aided by line workers from other electric co-ops and by private contractors, at the end of the day Monday still about 1500 people had no power.

Crews in both Wisconsin and in Minnesota continue to work today to restore service.

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