Nearly 29,000 power outages reported in southeastern Wisconsin
The gusty wind has caused power outages in Southeastern Wisconsin. People took to social media to complain or mention losing power in many municipalities.
In Mukwonago, 476 outages were reported in the town and 8 were reported in the village.
Brian Manthey of We Energies media relations said that it has been hectic since 10 a.m.
"We noticed in all of Southeast Wisconsin the wind pick up and cause severe problems," Manthey said.
We Energies crews had some issues on the road with trucks and power equipment due to the wind.
There are currently 29,000 customers who are out of power, mostly in the southeastern part of the state. South of I-94 is more affected, but Manthey is seeing outages north as well.
Crews are addressing and assessing the outages as soon as they can.
Manthey said there is an added challenge for the crew to work in the windy conditions. Workers have to stay safe while trying to mitigate the wind.
Crews are hoping the wind will calm down in the next few hours.
"We have seen the number of outages level out in the past hour; the gusts must have dropped enough," he said.
Manthey offered tips to residents, the first of which is to report the outage and not assume someone else did.
Residents can either report an outage online or call We Energies. There is an outage map online to see what municipalities have outages.
"Stay away from down power lines. We advise people to stay 25 feet away," Manthey added.
He said We Energies is working hard to restore power safely and efficiently.
Visit https://www.we-energies.com/outagemapext/# for outage and safety information.