60 mph wind gusts knock out power to thousands of customers

60 mph wind gusts knock out power to thousands of customers
As of noon Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wind gusts in excess of 60 mph knocked out power to about 29,000 We Energies customers, with most of the outages occurring in southeastern Wisconsin.

The Journal Sentinel reported that about 32,000 customers have had power restored since the outages began occurring early Tuesday, as a cold front collided with a mass of unseasonably mild air that led to a record high temperature in Milwaukee for March 7.

The weather service recorded a peak wind gust of 64 miles per hour in Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon. West Bend and Port Washington topped the morning report in southeastern Wisconsin at 58 miles per hour.

A semi tanker flipped onto its side Wednesday morning on I-94 northbound in Racine County, closing all northbound lanes of the interstate until about 3 p.m.

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