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Woman killed during storms in NE Wisconsin

Published On: Aug 22 2013 08:15:28 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 22 2013 05:35:21 PM CDT

SHAWANO, Wis. -

Severe storms packing winds estimated at 90 to 100 mph damaged residential property, downed power lines and toppled trees, including one which fatally injured a motorist in Menominee County.

Emergency management officials say a woman was killed in Keshena Wednesday night when a tree fell on her vehicle.

Authorities say about a dozen homes in the Bonduel area of Shawano County sustained damage. A lightning strike caused a fire at a nursing home forcing the evacuation of approximately 13 residents. They were taken to a sister facility.

The National Weather Service says most of the damage in Shawano County was caused by straight-line winds.

More than 20,000 utility customers lost power in the storms. By Thursday, crews had restored service to all but about 1,000 customers.

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