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Storms cause power outagesSubmitted: 06/21/2013
Story By Newswatch 12 Newsteam

GREEN BAY - Storms sweeping across the northwoods left thousands without power.

Wisconsin public service says about 65-hundred customers were without electricity.

The hardest hit areas are Eagle River, Rhinelander and Tomahawk.

Crews are working to fix about 60 outages.

We don't know yet how long the repairs will take.

Stay away from any downed lines and call Wisconsin Public Service if you see one.

You're also warned not to try to clear any downed branches or trees that might be tangled with power lines.


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