GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Many parts of Northeast Wisconsin are in the dark Wednesday morning after powerful storms rolled through the area.
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At the height of the power outages, We Energies spokesman Barry McNulty says there were roughly 60,000 customers without power.
“We have to restore a significant amount of our infrastructure and our network. We are going to have to rebuild it," says McNulty.
An effort McNulty says could take until the weekend.
“What that means is the duration of the outage and our ability to restore it is going to take longer, but right now we are drawing upon all the resources, not only ours but also contractors as well as other utilities to help out in this effort.”
As of 4:15 pm, 6,500 WPS customers were without power mostly in the southern Brown, Calumet and Manitowoc County areas. A reminder, stay away from downed power lines.
Areas hit hardest are:
As many as an estimated 18,000 were without power after last night’s storms hit the area.
WPS will work through the night but some customers will be without power until Thursday. Because of the significant number of poles and electrical equipment that needed replacing, the restoration effort unfortunately, is taking a little longer.
Officials say safety is still the top priority, both for customers and for WPS restoration crews. Stay away from all downed power lines and areas where power lines may be entangled in tree branches. Have a trained tree trimming professional take care of the removal of your downed tree branches to avoid compromising your safety. (They can also advise you what it best for your damaged trees.) WPS advises everyone to assume and treat all power lines as being “live” and energized.
If anyone is in imminent danger, contact local law enforcement at 911. To report power outages or unsafe conditions or situations, contact WPS at (800) 450-7240.
Should you use backup electrical portable generators; if gasoline fueled, they need proper ventilation to operate and need to be used properly. Only a licensed electrician should connect portable generators to existing wiring and to ensure all code requirements are met. Avoid dangerous back-feeds into the system that can cause electrical shock for anyone working on the system, including line electricians working to restore power.
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