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UPDATE: Severe weather leaves thousands without power

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WAUSAU (WAOW)--  Severe weather that moved through parts of the Newsline 9 viewing area Friday night into Saturday morning has left thousands of people without power.

As of 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Wisconsin Public Service reported only 1,701 people without power in Wausau and 387 people without power in Stevens Point.  Also in Minocqua 34 people are without power and is Waupaca the numbers are down to 76.

High winds and heavy rains last night caused trees to fall and hit power lines. WPS has been working since last night to get the problem fixed.

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As of 12:45 a.m. Saturday, Wisconsin Public Service reported more than 4,700 people lost power in Wausau, and more than 600 people lost power in Stevens Point. More than 540 people also lost power in Antigo. Other outages left people without power in Minocqua, Merrill, Oshkosh, Rhinelander, Tomahawk, Wabeno, Waupaca, and Wausaukee.

Dispatchers also reported power outages in Wood and Adams counties.

Newsline 9 received reports of large trees and power lines down in throughout the viewing area. A trained NWS storm spotter reported a tree hit a home in Marathon. A Marathon County lieutenant told Newsline 9 his department was "overrun" with emergency calls all over the county.

A weather spotter in Edgar also reported several trees on fire.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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