Storm Team 4: We Energies restoring power Wednesday after 13,000 customers lost it

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  • MILWAUKEE - We Energies crews were spending Wednesday morning continuing to return power to customers who had lost it due to high wind gusts.

    As of 6:40 a.m., about 125 customers still were without power.

  • "We have made excellent progress overnight, and expect to have those final people back into service within the next couple hours," said We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Michelle Richards.

    At one point Tuesday evening, around 13,000 We Energies customers were without power due to high wind gusts up to 45 mph and some down power lines.

  • According to Manthey, the outages "hit quickly" between 5:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, mostly along Milwaukee's lakeshore.

    During the worst part of the outages, around 3,000 customers in the City of Milwaukee and 2,600 in Whitefish Bay reported power loss.

  • Manthey urges anyone that sees down power lines or has a power outage to call We Energies at 800-662-4797.

    "Don't just assume that somebody else has called in your neighborhood," said Manthey.

  • He recommends to stay at least 25 feet away from down power or phone lines.

    Manthey said they have crews out responding to these outages and they will try to restore power as soon as possible.