Outages impact a total 41,000 WPS customers
A total 1,671 Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) customers remained without power in Door County as of noon Tuesday, July 27.
The outages were caused by a severe storm that blew across the state Monday evening carrying straight-line winds that gusted at times to 70 mph in some places, according to Matt Cullen, WPS spokesperson. The storm broke utility poles and downed trees and power lines.
A total 41,000 customers lost power across the state beginning around 10 pm Monday. The heaviest-hit areas were in the Rhinelander, Tomahawk and Minocqua regions. About 34,000 of those customers remained without power as of noon Tuesday.
Internal crews have been working around the clock to make repairs and restore power. WPS has also brought in outside crews.
“We understand it is frustrating to be without power and we really thank our customers for their patience,” Cullen said.
If anyone encounters a downed power line, remain 25 feet away and report it to WPS or local law enforcement. WPS also asks that customers never attempt to remove trees or limbs around electrical equipment
To view the WPS outage map, go to wisconsinpublicservice.com and click on the ‘storm safety and outages’ tab.