Winds battered Barron County Sunday morning, June 30, as a line of thunderstorms rolled across the region, bringing thunder and lightning and knocking down trees and powerlines.
Winds at 20 mph and gusting as high as 40 mph were reported at Chetek Municipal-Southworth Airport at 6:55 a.m. and remained windy throughout the morning.
At Rice Lake Regional Airport near Cameron, 24 mph winds, with gusts up to 36 mph, were reported at 6:55 a.m. At 8:35 a.m., the winds reached a max of 32 mph, with gusts at 51 mph.
The Barron County Dispatch Center took around 17 reports of trees across roads, fences or powerlines across the county.
A transformer caught fire in the 700 block of 22-3/4 Street in Chetek, and another powerline was sparking in the 1000 block of Third Street in Chetek.
In the 2000 block of 23–1/2 Avenue near Rice Lake, a house was hit by lightning, setting off carbon monoxide detectors in the house. The Rice Lake Fire Department was called to check out the house, but fortunately there was no fire. A power utility was called for a sparking transformer.
A tree fell on a fence along CTH A, causing cows to get out on the road.