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Early morning storm leaves thousands without power

LANGLADE COUNTY (WAOW) -

Thousands of people were without power for much of the morning hours on Thursday. Wisconsin Public Service officials blame high winds, heavy rain and lightening.

But, when students in Elcho arrived at school, they were surprised to find themselves in the dark.

"Our power went out right as students were coming to school," Principal Shawn Rude said.

The early morning storm knocked out power to the entire district. And left many other homes and businesses in the dark.

"We proceeded to bring the students in from the buses and brought them in the cafeteria where there was enough light and breakfast was all ready," Rude explained.

It took more than two hours for the power to come back on. But that didn't stop school officials from carrying on with a normal school day.

"Our high school is on the second floor and has a lot of interior rooms so we found alternate activities for them. Our elementary school kids proceeded to go to classes like normal," Rude said.

WPS reported nearly 3000 customers without power in the Northwoods. 1500 in Langlade County, and almost 2000 customers in Wausau were without power for part of the morning.

"We didn't see a lot of devastating effects due to the storm. The storm came through quickly, had some lightening strikes, gusts of winds but we didn't see any major damage or major trees falling on lines which is good because it helps restore power quicker," WPS Community Relations Director Leah Vanzile said.

And for Elcho students, now that the lights are back on, "we are back to normal," Rude said.

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