We Energies hopes to restore all outages from storm by today

CREATED Dec 22, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - We Energies says it hopes to have all the power back on today after outages caused by Thursday's snowstorm in Wisconsin.

The storm took a massive toll on the system.  At one point or another, 100,000 customers lost power.

The worst damage happened Thursday night when the winds kicked up and blew around trees weighed down by snow.  "You had those tree branches that were already starting to hang very low move right into those power lines," said We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey.

Customers still out today are mostly what We Energies calls the onsey-twoseys.  That's when a problem affects only a few customers at a time.

We Energies tries to fix things that will get the most people in at once first.  Then it moves on to outages that affect fewer customers. 

Crews will take into account how long people have been in the dark.  "We've been looking at customers that have been out the longest to try to make sure that we get those in as quickly as possible too," Manthey said.