Thousands without power across southern Wisconsin following severe storms; restoration efforts likely to last into Tuesday night

MADISON, Wis. — Crews are working to restore power to tens of thousands of customers after severe storms blew through southern Wisconsin Monday afternoon, efforts that will continue into Tuesday night.

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, more than 5,000 Madison Gas and Electric customers are without power, according to the provider’s website. Outages are widespread across the greater Madison area. MG&E said it is unable to estimate when power will be restored.

Earlier in the evening on Monday, MG&E said about 21,000 customers were affected by more than 230 separate incidents.

MG&E is asking its customers to be patient when reporting outages due to the high volume of calls the company is receiving. Customers can report outages at 608-252-7111 or by email at customerservices@mge.com.

To help with power restoration, MG&E said it has requested mutual assistance crews, which it expects to arrive in Madison Tuesday morning. However, MG&E still expects some customers to be without power Tuesday night because of the high volume of outages.

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As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, WE Energies reported just under 20,000 of its customers are without power statewide. About 680 customers in Jefferson County and 1 in Dodge County are among those in the dark.

Further to the east, more than 15,000 customers are without power in Milwaukee County, and about 4,000 more in Waukesha County remain in the dark.

More than 500 Alliant Energy customers lost power due to the storms, too, according to the provider’s outage map. As of 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, that number is at zero across Alliant Energy’s southern Wisconsin service area.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said power restoration efforts in the county will likely last into Tuesday.

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