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Funnel clouds seen in Northwoods as strong winds, thunderstorms hit Wednesday

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RHINELANDER, WI (WTAQ) - Funnel clouds were spotted in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, as a cold front blew strong winds and thunderstorms across the region.

Funnel clouds were reported early Wednesday evening at Tomahawk, Rhinelander, and Wabeno. But there were no reports of any tornado touchdowns.

Small hail fell in areas throughout the northern half of Wisconsin. And strong winds hit virtually the entire state Wednesday afternoon and night.

Weston, just east of Wausau, had strongest gusts at 51 miles an hour. Some trees fell at Tomahawk, and at Stetsonville in Taylor County.

The Wisconsin Public Service Corporation was still restoring electric service Thursday morning where the most intense storms hit – like Tomahawk. Fewer than 100 customers were still out as of 7:30 a.m.

More scattered showers are expected in northern Wisconsin Thursday, with relatively cool highs in the 50’s and 60’s.

Forecasters say rain is possible through Saturday in much of the state – and the mercury will struggle to get past 60 on most days. 

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