Weather Forecast

Shawn Ward, right, and his family members talk to neighbors who came to look at the tree that fell on their house at 910 Vine St. during the thunderstorm early Friday morning, June 21.

Hudson cleaning up from storm that downed many trees

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Hudson cleaning up from storm that downed many trees
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Many residents are cleaning up their yards and making arrangement to remove down trees after a strong thunderstorm moved through the Hudson area beginning at about 4:15 a.m.

The storm knocked out power to much or all of the area for varying lengths of time, and kept the Hudson Fire Department and Xcel Energy repair crews on the run responding to downed lines and exploding transformers.

KSTP-TV reported that the storm produced 50-70 mph winds and one-half to one-and-a-half inches of rain. The TV station said the Hudson area was the hardest hit.

Trees fell on at least two houses, Nate St. Ores’ on Sixth Street North in North Hudson and the Shawn Ward family home at 910 Vine St. in the city. Trees are reported to have fallen on two cars at a residence on 12th Street in the city.

Some homeowners lost multiple trees. A residence at 589 County Road UU in the town of Hudson had five or six large trees down in the yards. Multiple homeowners on Larsen Lane also lost trees.

Hudson Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Dabruzzi said the department had been on the go since 4:30 a.m. while waiting for an Xcel Energy crew to arrive at the scene of a downed power line on O’Neil Road at about 8 a.m. He said the department had responded to a half dozen or more calls in that time – almost all of them involving trees on power lines.

Power was restored to St. Croix Electric customers on the north side of North Hudson at just before 8 a.m.

The downtown area of Hudson get power back at about 11 a.m.

The downtown traffic lights were without electricity for the morning commute. The city Public Works Department put up stop signs – making the downtown intersections four-way stops.

Storm Knocks Out Power for Thousands of Hudson Xcel Energy Customers

More than 6,000 Xcel Energy customers lost power in the Hudson at about 4:15 a.m., according a company website map.

The company said storm caused significant damage to its electric system, including a number of downed poles and power lines.

“Outages are scattered throughout the state, with approximately 15,000 customers without power at this time, mostly in the Hudson area,” the company website said.

Xcel Energy advises people to stay away from downed power lines and always assume a downed wire is energized and therefore dangerous. Downed power lines can be reported to Xcel Energy at 1 (800) 895-1999. 

Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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