We Energies: Power restoration complete following Monday’s strong storms

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Thousands of We Energies customers were without power after strong storms blew through southeast Wisconsin on Monday evening, June 30th. On Thursday, July 2nd, We Energies completed power restoration to those affected by the storm.

We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey says more than 125,000 customers were affected by the storm.

Manthey says an outage of this size hasn’t happened since 2005. Before that — We Energies saw an outage similar to this one twice in 1998.

Manthey says they had as many as 400 to 500 workers in the field, working around the clock to restore power. Additionally, Manthey says besides extra We Energies crews, they also received assistance from three other utility companies in the state.

In the two-and-a-half days they worked, no injuries were sustained to any of the workers.

Here is a breakdown of Monday night’s power outage:

–          25,000 customers are without power in the West Milwaukee and West Allis areas due to a substation losing power in the area of 60th and Lincoln Ave.

–          In the metro Milwaukee area (which includes the city and its surrounding suburbs, 40,000 people are without power.

–          22,000 people are without power in Waukesha and Jefferson Counties.

–          15,000 people are without power in the Racine/Kenosha/Walworth County areas

–          17,000 people are without power in Ozaukee and Washington Counties.

This, as of 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 30th.