ELCHO - This morning's severe storms caused damage and power outages across the area.
Lightning struck at least one home near Elcho. Kara Fisher was home at the time.
"It was like a huge light flash, and you could hear the trees crack, and the ground shook. We had just gotten a new metal roof put on, and you could hear that get hit," Fisher said.
The strike set off a small fire in the house. But it was put out quickly by Elcho Fire.
"Certainly if nobody had been home, it would have been a foregone conclusion when we arrived," Elcho Fire Chief Bob Jensen said. "By the time somebody noticed it, it would have been fully involved."
This lightning strike might not have been so random.
"We have a family history on my grandmother's side, the Olson side - they were actually on Ripley's Believe It or Not because my family has been hit by lightning many times," Fisher said. "I called my husband, I said 'the curse almost got someone again' - just saw the trees until the smoke started going."
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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