UPDATE: More than 105k WPS customers have power restored, extra crews arriving to help hard-hit areas

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FRIDAY, 12/17/2021 12:21 p.m.

(WFRV) – Wisconsin Public Service has given an update on restoring power to several communities across Wisconsin after powerful storms moved through the area Wednesday.

Crews continue to work around the clock and have restored power to more than 105,000 customers and they expect to have 90% of customers’ power restored by Friday night. However, there is extensive damage across their network, according to a WPS official, and they still expect outages to last into the weekend for those in the hardest-hit areas.

Extra crews are arriving to help in the efforts.

You can take a look at the WPS Outage Map here.

UPDATE: WPS restores power to over 90k customers in Wisconsin, continuing repairs around the clock

THURSDAY 12/16/2021 9:55 p.m.

(WFRV) – Multiple areas in Northeast Wisconsin are reporting power outages and officials with the Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) say crews are doing their best in restoration efforts.

According to a release, crews have made significant progress and have restored power to more than 90,000 customers affected by the recent wind storm.

As of 9:55 p.m. Dec. 16, 2021

WPS officials say they have encountered extensive damage across their network and expect outages to last for multiple days in the hardest-hit areas.

Working around the clock, WPS personnel say all available crews and resources are working to restore service to customers as safely and quickly as possible.

Current power outage information can be found on the online outage map on the WPS website.

Original Story: Power outages, reports of damage throughout NE Wisconsin due to wind

THURSDAY 12/16/2021 5:00 a.m.

(WFRV) – Several reports have been coming in throughout the early morning hours about damage as the wind continues to gust.

Local 5’s Eric Richards joined work crews and officials Thursday morning to catch a glimpse of the damage.

Sightings of downed trees have been confirmed in multiple areas across the city including South Memorial Drive, Ashland Avenue, School Place, and Ironwood Drive. Photos of downed trees are pictured below.

Working to clear the damage left by the howling wind, officials are focused on clearing up the remnants of a downed tree that fell near a home located on School Place in Green Bay.

And the wind didn’t only affect homes and roads in the area but also power lines, which resulted in several power outages throughout the area.

According to WPS, there are over 50,000 people without power in Wisconsin and WE Energies is reporting over 74,00 of their customers without power. You can see where the power outages are by clicking on the link below.

If you need to head out this morning, WisDOT has offered some tips and tricks to stay safe.

Local 5 and Storm Team 5 will continue to bring you the latest both on-air and online throughout the morning. For the most up-to-date information, visit our Storm Team 5 weather page and download the Storm Team 5 App.

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