This video will take you to Wisconsin after the Friday evening storm, leaving thousands of people without power and forcing scores of others to flee their homes. I will end up taking you close up to the damage of Barron, WI.
While no one was seriously injured that I know of, the storm left a trail of visible destruction across much of Barron County, that is located about 90 miles northeast of the Twin Cities.
The casino hotel was being powered by the casino's generator and had become a sanctuary from the poring rain. Some residents where still in their pajamas as they poured into the lobby, they started telling stories of harrowing escapes and near misses from falling trees to get there.
The high winds ripped trees from their roots and cracked limbs. Armed with chain saws, the local fire and utility crews worked through the night and Saturday, cutting up hundreds of downed trees.
The storm left so much destruction that the local utility company's deployed snowplows to clear trees and other debris from highways, so they could get to stranded residents. In Turtle Lake and Barron, the towns hit the hardest, evidence of the devastation is everywhere. Roofs were torn off buildings, downed power lines, and street lights.
It's was unclear if they were tornadic or straight-line winds, a trained spotter recorded a wind gust of 84 miles per hour, winds were sustained a high of 73 mph for a lest five minutes long.
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