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Wisconsin Public Service restores power to more than 80,000 as powerlines continue to come down under heavy snow and ice

Wisconsin Public Service

There are more than 16,000 people without power in the Northwoods as of 3:00 p.m. Thursday.

Wisconsin Public Service says its restored power to more than 80,000 customers since early Wednesday morning.

It expects the lights to come back on for most people by tonight.

WPS says the damage caused by the ice and snow has made it difficult and dangerous for line crews.

Tree limbs continue to fall and take down powerlines.

Crews are working to repair more than 600 cases of downed power lines or tree limbs that have fallen onto equipment.

WPS says customers should continue to:

  • Report new outages to WPS through its app, website, or by calling 800-450-7240.
  • Stay at least 25 feet from any downed power line.
  • Report the damage to WPS or a local law enforcement agency immediately.
Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
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