Weather Causes Widespread Power Outages in parts of Northern Wisconsin

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Thousands are without power due to strong storms that moved through parts of Wisconsin Monday.

Larger outages affected customers in Vilas, Oneida and parts of Marathon counties.

For Gene Bluhm of Wausau, his power outage happened rather quickly.

"Heard a big boom, heard the thunder rolling through, never paid any attention to it, looked up and the TV was off. And I thought well, the wife wants to go someplace. Looked out, there's a tree laying across the road," Bluhm said.

He and other residents on his street lost their power as did thousands across North Central Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Service says at one point, more than 11,000 customers were without power. WPS utility crews found fallen trees and even a few down wires across the region as a result of the storm activity and high speed winds. It's what made a timetable for power restoration quite uncertain.

"Those are all factors that come into play, with trying to give that a better pin point in time for restoration.," Kelly Zagrzebski of Wisconsin Public Service Community Relations said.

And while waiting for crews to finish their work isn't always easy, it's safer to let the professionals handle restoration efforts.

"People like to go out and start clearing up broken branches, use their chain saws, we really want to caution people to be careful, and know where the power lines are. And just wait for our crews-if the power lines are down, just leave it," Zagrzebski explained.

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