WIND DAMAGE"High winds that hit the area Tuesday and Wednesday caused considerable damage and power outages. On Tuesday morning, March 7 at approximately 11:35 a.m. a large white pine tree on the Judy Stehle property on East Park Drive in Peshtigo fell on and destroyed a metal garage. A boat and other items inside the building were also damaged. No one was home at the time. Top photo shows damage caused by the tree. Bottom left photo: Large tree damaged a fence at the Riverside Cemetery in Peshtigo. Bottom right photo: High winds caused a large sign at Krist Food Mart, downtown Peshtigo, to collapse Tuesday. No injuries were reported with any of the incidents.
Winds Cause Widespread Power Outages In Area
March winds blew in a storm starting at about 9 p.m. Monday night, March 6 that caused power outages across central and northeast Wisconsin and parts of Upper Michigan, including much of TIMESland. Strong winds, but not quite as strong, were still blowing on Tuesday night and into the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 8.
Wisconsin Public Service said at the peak there were 48,000 customers without electric power in their northeast Wisconsin/Upper Michigan service area. By 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday there were still 20,300 customers without electricity, including 3,000 in the greater Wausaukee service area alone.
WPS Communications Specialist Matt Cullen said in a news release issued at 5:48 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7 that crews had restored power to more than 12,000 customers since 9 p.m. on Monday.
But the winds continued, and in some places where power had been restored, it reportedly went out again. The strong winds continued through most of the day on Tuesday, and brought with them some rain and a brief heavy snowfall in several areas, including Peshtigo, shortly before midnight on Tuesday.
Cullen said WPS crews had worked non-stop since the outage reports started coming in on Monday night, and would continue working through the night on Tuesday in an effort to get electric power restored to all customers as soon as possible, hopefully early on Wednesday.
In addition to power outages, there were reports of property damage from falling trees, including a garage that was demolished in Peshtigo, and three squad cars in Antigo that were smashed when a tree fell on them. The vehicles, two belonging to the City of Antigo Police Department and one to Langlade County Sheriff's Department, had been parked outside the Public Safety building in Antigo when the tree came down. No one was in the vehicles and no one was injured.
The report issued at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday showed Crivitz, Athelstane and Wausaukee were among the hardest hit communities in Marinette County. In the 4:14 p.m. report Crivitz had 1,528 customers out of service, and before 2 a.m. power had been restored to all but 126 of them. Athelstane had 1,379 out Tuesday afternoon and 419 were still out at 2 a.m. on Wednesday.
Amberg had 276 customers without service Tuesday afternoon, and by 2 a.m. on Wednesday that was down to 135 still without service. The two Beaver customers that had been out Tuesday afternoon were back in service before midnight. Coleman had three customers out of service both times.
Problems increased through the day in Goodman, which had 6 outages reported at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, and 59 at 1:50 a.m. on Wednesday.
There were 326 Porterfield customers without power at 4:15 p.m. and they were all back in service at the time of the 1:50 a.m. report.
Other TIMESland areas with outages, 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday listed first, and 1:50 am. on Wednesday next, included Lakewood, 13/41; Marinette, 26/5; Menominee, 329/200; Middle Inlet, 12/9; Mountain, 151/259; Oconto, 58/21; Pembine, 86/111; Peshtigo, 26/1; Porterfield, 326/0; Pound, 4/1; Silver cliff, 2/2; Townsend, 99/97, and Wausaukee, 634/320.
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