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Governor Declares State Of Emergency After Weekend Storm Damage

Wisconsin National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Eggers

UPDATE: Weekend storms in Wisconsin's Northwoods caused more customers to lose power than at any time in the last 20 years.  Green Bay-based Wisconsin Public Service says its crews restored power to more than 120-thousand customers. 

Lightning hit several power facilities and W-P-S reports more than 100 power poles were broken, with falling trees knocking down more power lines.  More than one-thousand workers were involved in restoring service.

The National Weather Service has confirmed nine tornadoes touched the ground Saturday in Wisconsin. Four of the twisters touched down near Green Bay, with two in Trempealeau County and two confirmed near Wausau and Rhinelander.  All nine tornadoes were confirmed within a 24-hour time period.

Governor Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency after a strong line of thunderstorms left a trail of damage across Wisconsin.  More than 33-thousand people were without power at one point Saturday and the high winds knocked down trees and several barns.

The Wisconsin National Guard is cleared by the declaration to help local communities by the governor's action.  It also is the first step toward a request for federal aid to help pay for the clean-up.

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