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Storm causes house fire in northwoods

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   More heavy thunderstorms rumbled through northern Wisconsin late yesterday and last night. The National Weather Service said lightning struck an electric regulator in Manitowish Waters – and it started a house on fire. A tree landed on a truck in Antigo. Trees also fell in Shawano, Lincoln, and Marathon counties.

Around 4-inches of rain fell in Rhinelander and Monico in Oneida County. Gile in Iron County got one-inch in less than a half-hour. That same community also had quarter-sized hail.

Parts of northwest Wisconsin also had hail last evening. Officials said the storms diminished as the moved to the southeast overnight. It cooled down yesterday in much of the Badger State, but the mercury still soared into the 90’s in west central areas.

Much of southern Wisconsin is supposed to be in the 90’s today, with highs near 80 in the north. Grant County will be under a heat advisory from 11 this morning until six tonight. A partly cloudy Labor Day Weekend is expected, with a chance of storms on-and-off.