Power outages down to 320 in southeastern Wisconsin after Monday storm
The number of We Energies customers in southeastern Wisconsin without power was down to about 320 Wednesday night, two nights after storms left nearly 120,000 without electricity.
Officials with the utility hope to have all power restored to the remaining customers by midnight, We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey said.
The outages stemmed from the band of severe thunderstorms that rolled through the region Monday night. By Tuesday evening, just under 12,000 customers were without power.
The remaining power failures late Wednesday were concentrated in Waukesha County, Manthey said.
Wind gusts reaching 60 to 70 mph did much of the damage, and lightning also created problems as it struck trees and utility equipment, he said.
"We get into a lot of preventive maintenance, so it holds up in normal storms," Manthey said. "There's little you could really do to keep this from having the effect that it had."
Megan Trimble of the Journal Sentinel staff contributed to this report.
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