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UPDATE-14: Power being restored across Northwoods

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    Northwoods Dealing With Storm Damage and Power Outages

    The folks who live in Crivitz say the storm that moved through on Thursday afternoon brought with it some of the worst damage they've seen in a quarter of a century. Patrick Nelson has a look at the damage and how crews are working to restore power to communities in the northwoods.More >>
    The folks who live in Crivitz say the storm that moved through Thursday left some of the worst damage they've seen in a quarter century. Patrick Nelson looks at the damage and how crews are working to restore power to communities in the Northwoods. More >>

Wisconsin Public Service says it expects all customers in the Northwoods area that lost power after storms Thursday to have it back by Saturday night.

As of Saturday morning, WPS reported nearly 1,800 customers without power. The number of customers affected peaked at 50,000 during Thursday's storms, many of them in the Northwoods and north central Wisconsin.

WPS says more than 400 WPS crews and contractors are working on the restoration efforts.

The utility is asking the public to avoid chatting with workers. WPS says due to the dangerous nature of the work, it is necessary for them to be able to work without distraction.

It's also reminding the public to be cautious around downed power lines, even if they don't appear to be energized.

Lightning and winds up to 70 mph caused extensive damage, according to the utility. Crews discovered numerous burned utility poles, broken poles, uprooted trees and branches down on lines.

Restoration efforts were further hampered by storms also battering the western half of Wisconsin and passing through the area throughout the day, delaying repairs and causing even more damage.

WPS officials took Action 2 News into the area they call their "war room," where a group of people is working to coordinate and direct repair crews to areas where there are outages.

"Our goal right now is to find available crews of our own as well as other crews to be able to respond to the wires down emergencies, power outs, everything we have going on," WPS Outage Management Engineer Lenny Socha said.

"This is going to go into days, and right now we're talking with our emergency management people up in the Northwoods to make sure again that our customers are safe, what can we do to make their comfort a little better. Thankfully we're not in 40 below weather, or 100 degree weather," WPS Manager of Public Relations Lisa Prunty said.

If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. WPS says you should call 911.

To report an outage, call 1-800-450-7240.

Click here to track WPS outages.

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