Storm Team 4

6,000 We Energies customers remain without power

CREATED Jul 11, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - The latest batch of severe storms to strike Southeastern Wisconsin has caused a series of scattered power outages in our area.

We Energies tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ that as of 4:450 p.m., about 6,000 of their customers have lost power, and they have already have served about 34,000 customers by bringing power back to them during the storm.

"It affected customers particularly in the Racine and Kenosha County area," said spokesman Brian Manthey of many previous outages.

Based on the times numbers were released to us, crews had restored about 6,300 customers within a 15-minute period.

He told us that around noon, Waukesha County was seeing the biggest outage level with 6,800 customers out.

Outages there were centralized in the City of Waukesha (3,100 customers out) Mukwonago and the Town of Vernon (1,800) and Brookfield (fewer than 1,000).

Kenosha County saw about 6,000 customers out at that time.  Pleasant Prairie had 3,000 of those outages, while Bristol and Salem saw about 1,000 customer outages each.

Milwaukee County's main outage came from an unrelated construction situation, which affected about 2,300 customers.

That area included South 13th Street and Howell Avenue, and Edgerton and College Avenues.

Otherwise, those outages were scattered as of 11:15 a.m.  Manthey explained that Shorewood's customers were close to restoration of the 1,600 customers who had lost power there.

Greendale, which also saw a major outage during the morning, had its power restored..