Thousands without power following Monday storms

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Times Herald Staff


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

This tree snapped at Mill and East Brook streets in Suring, dragging down the power line as it fell and causing one of the nearly 800 outages that crews were trying to repair Tuesday morning.

Severe thunderstorms that swept through northern Oconto County on Sunday afternoon and Monday evening left thousands of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. customers in the dark.

Crews working around the clock had restored power to 96,000 customers across northern Wisconsin between noon Sunday and Tuesday morning, including more than 5,000 in Oconto County.

Close to 2,000 county residents were among the 24,000 customers who were still waiting for the lights to come back on Tuesday morning in the WPS service area. The utility was estimating that full electric service would not be restored in some areas until Wednesday.

The hardest-hit areas Sunday in Oconto County were Townsend, where 2,109 WPS customers were affected, Suring with 2,088, Lakewood with 1,627, and Mountain with 502.

Gillett, Lena, Oconto Falls and Oconto also recorded at least 100 outages each.

Many of those customers were still without power Monday evening when another severe thunderstorm rumbled across the county, cutting off power to even more customers as more trees and power lines came down.