May 25--A storm defined by heavy rains and strong winds has caused power outages affecting more than 2,000 people, according to Xcel Energy's website.
Power in Chippewa Falls and Tilden went out for 2,325 customers at about 3 p.m. today and restoration is in progress. Some locations in downtown Chippewa Falls are expected to have power restored around 8 p.m.
Fewer than 50 customers reported outages in Tilden and near Bloomer, and power restoration at those locations is also estimated to take until about 8 p.m.
Power should come back on shortly in Fall Creek, where seven customers have reported outages since about 2:40 p.m.
The National Weather Service reported that by about 4:30 p.m., about half an inch of rain fell in Eau Claire. Wind speeds were up to 26 miles per hour with gusts hitting 36 miles per hour.
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