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Thousands without power across the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 11/18/2013
Thousands without power across the Northwoods
Story By Dan McKinney

RHINELANDER - You may have woken up in the dark this morning. That's because strong winds caused widespread power outages across the Northwoods.

Wisconsin Public Service estimates 2,500 customers are currently without power.

In this case with the wind that can be very damaging for lines because of all the tree branches, the dead tree limbs, or actually trees being uprooted coming over the lines and that could either cause a fuse to blow or it could actually take the line down or break a pole," says Leah Van Zile, Wisconsin Public Service Community Relations Leader.

During the storms peak WPS says more than 10,000 customers were affected by the outages. If you come across a downed power line you should call Wisconsin Public Service.

"That line could still be energized so please keep your distance, keep everybody away from that do not try and remove any tree branches or limbs off of power lines because it could be energized or become energized at any time," says Van Zile.

For real-time power outage updates you can visit www.wisconsinpublicservice.com




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