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Hodag campers weather the storm


Rain, lightening, even hail, many Hodag campers were willing to weather the storm all for the love of country music.

"Everyone was scared, but I wasn't," camper Jordan Lysaght said.

As the rain moved in many watched the sky turn from light to dark.

"All of a sudden the wind started blowing, and it was so cool because it was like an updraft, swirling around," Tammy Aultman said.

Just after 7:00 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning. One Oneida County Sheriff's deputy reported spotting a funnel cloud. And campers say, when that news broke many took shelter.

"Everyone started panicking and everything and a lot of people went up to the school for safe shelter," Lysaght said.

"There was one big clump of clouds and they were really low and looked like they were coming right at us," camper Christina Schreiber said.

That's why county officials opened Pine Lake Elementary School as a shelter. Dozens of people packed inside, to wait out the storm.

"Everyone was standing by the doors, looking out wondering if we were going to get a tornado," Schreiber said.

But many say the dark clouds and heavy rain didn't put a damper on the start of Rhinelander's most popular event.

"It's going to make it even better," Lysaght said.

Authorities say there have been no reports of damage and all power is restored. And some say the brief shower was welcome.

"We were so hot from sitting out here all day so the rain actually felt good," Aultman said.

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