First taste of winter knocks out power across southern Wisconsin

More than 1,200 people were without power in Middleton Tuesday morning as utility crews repaired a damaged power line.

The Middleton Police Department says they received reports of a power line arcing near the intersection of Century Avenue and Branch Street just after 3 a.m. Tuesday.

The department says MG&E is on the scene now and had to shut off power to repair the line. At one point, more than 1,200 people were in the dark.

MG&E fully restored power to all affected homes in Middleton by 7:490 a.m. A spokesperson from MG&E says they believe weather was a factor in the power line being damaged.

The outage left several traffic lights dark, including in the areas along Century Avenue and Allen Boulevard.

MG&E also had several dozen outages on the west and east sides of Madison. Power was restored to those residents by 8 a.m.

Alliant Energy also reported around 200 outages in the Beaver Dam area.

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