Hundreds in the Rice Lake area experienced power outages and or storm damage after strong winds and heavy rain pounded the region Monday evening.
Rice Lake Utilities reported roughly 1,600 customers without power. Many neighborhoods had outages last from 7-10 p.m. or longer.
Barron Electric reported outages Tuesday afternoon due to an issue at its Haugen substation. Power was quickly restored.
Rusk County Sheriff’s Department reported that funnel clouds formed near Weyerhaueser, Bruce and Ladysmith.
Two funnel clouds were reported with ground contact in Weyerhaeuser just before 7 p.m. Funnel clouds were also reported between 7:17-7:25 p.m. near Bruce and Ladysmith.
Rusk County Sheriff Jeffrey S. Wallace said no major storm damage was reported, but many trees were down.
There were 26 calls to the Barron County dispatch center reporting storm damage. Callers said power lines were down in some places, including the City of Rice Lake. Downed trees blocked some roads.
City of Rice Lake residents needing to dispose of brush can do so at the city shop on Wisconsin Avenue. The brush chipping station is open Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
With more hot and humid weather forecast, there is a chance of thunderstorms later this week.