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Severe weather knocks out power, closes schools in Trempealeau County

BLAIR, Wis. -- A round of severe thunderstorms leaves behind lots of damage and closes schools in Blair.

SLIDESHOW: Storm Photos

The chief of the Blair-Preston Fire Department says the storm went through the Blair area around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, bringing heavy rain, hail and straight-line winds.

There are no reports of injuries, but winds knocked some mobile homes off their foundations, breaking gas lines. The gas line breaks forced the evacuation of a mobile home park in Blair.

About 30 people initially went to a shelter set-up at the high school, and half of them found other places to stay overnight.

The fire chief says most of the damage in the Blair area is because of trees that fell on houses.

The storm also knocked out power in Blair. As of early Thursday morning, the power is not back on.

Blair-Taylor Schools had to close Thursday due to the power outages.

Crews cleaned-up what they could overnight, but clean-up will continue Thursday.

Xcel Energy says about 930 customers were without power in Blair. Most had power restored by 2:00 p.m. Thursday.

A spokesperson from Riverland Energy Cooperative tells News 8 600 customers were without power Wednesday night near Arcadia, but that number was cut to 35 by 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

RELATED: Thursday storms down trees in La Crosse, Houston, Fillmore counties


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