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UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Heavy thunderstorms overnight left almost 65-thousand electric customers without power in the northern half of Wisconsin. Appleton Police said 90-percent of the city was in the dark at one point. Winds hit 86-miles-an-hour in Appleton. Parts of Barron County had golf-ball-sized hail.

The National Weather Service said there was heavy damage to Trinity Lutheran Church in New London. That’s also where camper units flipped over at the Huckleberry Campground. No injuries were reported there, but the weather service said injuries were possible at the Apple Creek campground near Wrightstown in Brown County. Officials said many trees fell on houses on Appleton’s southeast side.

Trees and power lines fell throughout eastern and central Wisconsin, as far west as Marshfield.

Kaukauna had gas leaks. A semi-truck overturned on Interstate-43 near Maribel in Manitowoc County.

As of 5 a-m, We Energies reported about 48,000 customers without power, mostly in the Appleton region. Wisconsin Public Service had 13,000 customers out, mostly in Brown and Manitowoc counties. Wisconsin Power-and-Light had over 1,400 customers out in rural Wood County. X-cel Energy had fewer than 500 customers out in Chippewa County.

The storms have cleared out, and a partly cloudy day is in store throughout Wisconsin with highs in the low-to-mid-70’s.

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