Sandy called me at work this afternoon around 2:15pm when our power went out. I called We Energies and they confirmed that there was an outage in the area. Power was still off when I got home at 4:00pm, but came back on about 4:15pm. Luckily it wasn’t off long enough to spoil all of our food in the fridge and freezer. Here’s the report from We Energies:
Strong winds and rain earlier today caused extensive damage to electric facilities in Racine, Kenosha and Burlington. Preliminary and approximate outage numbers are: 10,000 customers in the Burlington area, 10,000 customers in the Kenosha area and 5,000 in Racine as a result of this latest storm. Additionally, approximately 2,000 customers are out of service in Fort Atkinson and 200-300 customers in northern Milwaukee County, the result of storms that passed through the area last night. The public should exercise extreme caution around downed lines; often these lines are still carrying electricity.
Customers without service should be prepared to be without power throughout tonight. Wisconsin Electric estimates that the majority of customers will be brought back into service sometime tomorrow. Wisconsin Electric has taken almost 10,000 calls today from customers reporting power outages as a result of storms last night and today. The company has received more than 500 reports of wires down and dozens of reports of broken poles and other damaged equipment. The phone lines to report outages and down wire are extremely busy. Wisconsin Electric asks customers to be patient. The phone number is 800-662-4797. Crews are still working to restore power to some customers who lost electricity as a result of last night’s storm. Most customers had their power back on earlier today, but isolated outages remain.