The report below is an update from WPS Thursday afternoon.
Wisconsin Public Service crews continue working to repair power outages caused by Wednesday’s severe storms.
As of 3:15 p.m., our crews have restored power to more than 39,000 customers since 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. About 1,200 customers are currently without power.
The areas experiencing the largest number of outages right now are the Minocqua area (around 780 customers without power) and the Rhinelander area (about 337 customers). Our crews have encountered significant damage during the day, including broken power poles, downed power lines and downed trees. Our crews continue making good progress restoring power, and additional outside crews continue to assist us with repairs in areas experiencing the largest number of outages.
We expect all customers affected by Wednesday’s storms will be restored tonight. WPS strongly emphasizes that people need to stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines, and should treat any downed line as energized.
Anyone who comes across a downed power line or damaged electrical equipment should report it to WPS and a local law enforcement agency immediately.