Afternoon Storm Causes Power Outages in Tomahawk

The concentrated storm that passed through north central Wisconsin put about 2,300 people in the dark late Wednesday, Wisconsin Public Service reported.

The city of Tomahawk took the worst of the storm, where more than 1,900 customers were without electricity.

One of the worse was a major power line that fell on a house near East Kings Road.

Luckily, the person who owned the cabin wasn't around when the lines came down, and no injuries were reported.

Some residents said they were without power since about 5 p.m.

Wisconsin Public Service Line Electrician Todd Schoepke drove up with the Wausau crew to help install the new power line and said they've been working on helping clean up since the storm passed through town.

"It (the storm) definitely was bad because we always judge our storms as we drive into town," Schoepke said. "When you see all the leaves and debris on the ground those are plenty of signs to show that those winds were quite strong. When you see poles snapped off and trees on top of houses, that's a pretty good wind. There's hail on the ground."

WPS said a major power line fix takes about three to four hours to fix.

Schoepke said if you see a power line down, don't touch it and call WPS as soon as possible.

He also said if you see lines down in someone else's yard, you should still call WPS anyway. Don't assume someone else has already reported it.

As of 10 p.m. Wednesday night, less than 400 people were left without power.

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