Wind outages nearly restored; crews report 'significant' damage

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BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Gusty winds have taken down power lines and trees in Northeast Wisconsin. StormCenter 2 has issued a Weather Aware Day as winds continue to gust into this evening.

A Wind Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m.

Wisconsin Public Service says its crews have restored power to 19,000 customers since Monday night. The utility has a few dozen outages left to restore. WPS believes all customers will have power by Tuesday evening.

The Green Bay area, Eagle River area, Marinette, Wabeno, Rhinelander, and Minocqua experienced a high number of outages.

The utility says its crews saw "significant" damage, including broken poles, downed power lines, and downed trees.

Fire crews were busy Tuesday morning responding to downed trees and lines. A tree that fell in Ashwaubenon sparked a fire and hit power lines on Marlee Lane.

Crews had to cut up and remove a tree that came down on the west side of Green Bay.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office say they have had at least six reports of trees down, along with power lines. They want to remind drivers to use caution on rural roads for these hazards. Sheriff's Office also says to allow extra distance between vehicles during the morning commute.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation recommends drivers avoid the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay due to high winds.

The DOT says drivers who need to use the bridge should slow down to 45 mph. Drivers of high profile vehicle like semis, RVs, and tall trailers are asked to avoid the bridge altogether.

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