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Storms cause evacuations at Country USA

Evacuees gather in a shelter as a storm moves over the Country USA grounds in the town of Nekimi June 27, 2019.
Evacuees gather in a shelter as a storm moves over the Country USA grounds in the town of Nekimi June 27, 2019. (WLUK image)

TOWN OF NEKIMI (WLUK) -- Thursday's storms couldn't come at a worse time for one of the Fox Valley's biggest outdoor music festivals.

FOX 11's Amber Luckett was actually inside a shelter with a few dozen people at Country USA just before 5 p.m. Thursday. All of the people were evacuated.

Space was a little tight, but people were hopeful they wouldn't be stuck there for too long.

Thousands of people are at Country USA for the three-day festival.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's office started clearing them out of the fairgrounds around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Luckily, most of them had already taken shelter in their cars, campers, tents or the shelters.

"We do have storm preparedness so we know, we kind of have a plan in place for this," said Lt. Bill Anthes of the Winnebago Co. Sheriff's Office. "I know one year, one of the shows, actually it was during Rock USA last year, I think. Two events -- Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie -- got canceled because of the storms and the rain. It's not unheard of that you get rain during this event.

Thursday night's festivities went on as planned.

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