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Tomahawk, Wausau clean up after storm knocks out power and downs trees
TOMAHAWK, WAUSAU - Winds in Wausau hit 58 miles per hour early Wednesday morning, taking out trees and power lines.

All of Tomahawk was dark, as the city lost power.

But before the sun rose Wednesday morning, city crews were on the streets in both cities, cleaning up from the damage.

"Yeah, I'm still in my pajama top this morning," said Tomahawk Public Works Director John Cole with a laugh at about 10 a.m.

The call to Cole came at about 3 a.m. Outside, he found what he called a mini tornado.

"You could hear that, and the trees were snapping and popping," he said.

Cole's team had cleared most streets by mid-morning, but fallen trees still littered the city's parks. Several hundred-year-old pines in Bradley Park had snapped and fallen.

Meanwhile, Wausau announced its yard waste collection site will stay open overtime for a week.

"Large branches are down. Our boulevard trees are damaged," said Eric Lindman, the Wausau Public Works and Utilities Director.

Lindman said the damage seemed to be spread randomly throughout the city. His employees had been working since the early morning Wednesday.

"Definitely throughout today, maybe even overtime today, depending on how things look in the next couple of hours," Lindman said. "If we have some additional cleanup in the morning, we'll bring them in."

The storm's timing is poor for Tomahawk, with its popular Main Street Memories car show on Sunday.

"It's going to take us a week or so to kind of dig out here. We've got a big mess here," Cole said. "Going into Memorial Weekend, this isn't what anybody wanted to see."

Story By: Ben Meyer

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