Strong winds knock down power lines, trees and signs

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WISCONSIN (WBAY) - Strong winds left some people in the dark and others with a mess to clean up Tuesday.

Winds knock down the Julie's Cafe sign on Main Street in Green Bay.

Wisconsin Public Service says it has restored power to about 18,000 customers since the beginning of Monday's storm. Crews will continue to work on power restoration throughout the day Tuesday.

The utility says the largest outages are in the Minocqua area; Wausau area; Eagle River area; Wabeno/Townsend area; and Rhinelander area.

"Our crews have been reporting that they're seeing downed trees, downed power lines, and even broken power poles right now," said Matt Cullen of Wisconsin Public Service.

Northeast Wisconsin is under a wind advisory until 7 p.m. Wednesday. We could see wind gusts up to 45 mph.

The National Weather Service says the impact of the strong winds will be minor tree and power line damage.

"Stay completely clear of it, again treat it as if that line was still energized, because it very well may be and report it to us right away, so that we can get a crew out there to address that situation," Cullen said.

In Green Bay, the winds toppled a sign for Julie's Cafe on Main Street.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation issued a Wind Advisory for the city's Leo Frigo Bridge, urging drivers to stay off the span if possible.

In Antigo, a tree toppled fell on police squad cars.

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