Power restored to thousands following storm
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
More than 77,000 power customers in northern Wisconsin have had their electrical service restored following the storm that hit the area late Friday afternoon.
“Minocqua alone had 32 broken poles which is unbelievable as the storm lasted no more than 30 minutes,” said Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Lisa Prunty, who noted the poles can take anywhere from 3-6 hours to repair depending where they are located.
Several bucket trucks were in the Minocqua area working to restore power over the weekend. Additional crews were sent there after the Rhinelander and Eagle River areas had power restored and were cleaned up.
A storm with winds reaching 75 mph in certain areas of WPS’s service territory began in the Northwoods around 4 p.m. Friday. Lightning and heavy rains accompanied those winds, causing uprooted trees, broken poles and power lines tangled in trees.