(10/25/12) North central Wisconsin was hit with a second round of heavy thunderstorms this morning. Marathon County Emergency Management Director Steve Hagman said a half-dozen rural properties had damage near Colby.
Several barns were blown down, as winds hit 50-miles-an-hour in the area. Merrill had gusts of 60-miles-an-hour. Weston, just east of Wausau, had golf-ball sized hail. Half-inch-hail covered the ground at Long Lake in Florence County. And trees fell at Pickerel in Langlade County. Hail was also reported in the first wave of storms in the region during the night. The Wisconsin Public Service utility said 57-hundred electric customers were without power at 10:45 this morning – most of them in the Rhinelander, Tomahawk, and Merrill areas. X-cel Energy reported about 45 customers out in western Wisconsin – most in the Colby area. The National Weather Service says more storms are possible today as a cold front moves through Wisconsin. Dense fog is also expected this afternoon in some places. A major cool-off begins tonight, with overnight lows around 30 in most of Wisconsin. Dry weather is expected tomorrow through Monday, but highs are not supposed to get out of the 40's the entire time.