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We Energies: Power restored to most following overnight storms

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MILWAUKEE — We Energies has restored power to all but a few dozen customers in southeast Wisconsin after a night of stormy weather. Those crews are prepared for more possible outages later Wednesday.

We Energies says downed lines are most common after storms and high winds. If you are outside after a storm, be alert for lines that may be hard to see in streams or puddles. They say you should never approach a downed line —  and that you should assume all power lines are energized and dangerous.

When moving away from a downed power line, shuffle with your feet close together and on the ground. This will decrease the voltage that can travel through the wire, the ground and to you.

If your vehicle contacts a power line, stay inside until rescue workers say it is safe to leave. Do not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time.

If you must leave the car because of fire or other danger, jump away from the vehicle so that you do not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Land with your feet together and shuffle away, keeping your feet close together and on the ground.

We Energies has an alert for possible severe weather on their website.  They say they’re monitoring the forecast– and are coordinating to be sure crews and equipment are ready in case of more strong thunderstorms and outages.

We Energies officials recommend having an emergency kit ready in case of severe weather. That would include flashlights, batteries, bottled water, canned food and a first aid kit.

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