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Storm leaves thousands without power in the Northwoods

Strong storms swept across the area overnight leaving a lot of damage.     
The stormy weather continued Thursday morning, downing trees and knocking out power across central Wisconsin.

Donald Pecor says this was the worst storm he's seen in 27 years. He says the winds were so strong in Rhinelander, he thought a tornado was coming.

"I said to my wife, those are straight lined winds coming right up the driveway," said Pecor. "We better head for the basement."

Fortunately, there was no tornado. And the trees that did fall nearby, landed in his backyard, and not on his roof.

"I was thinking, we'd renovated this house and I don't want to do it a second time," said Pecor. "It was scary."

Pecor was one of thousands in Hodag country left in the dark. At one point WPS reported more than 4,000 customers with out power in the Northwoods.

Officials say it is a little unusual to see the spring/summer type storms in the fall. But when is the weather ever normal here in Wisconsin?

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