UPDATE: Power fully restored to thousands in Kenosha
Update: 05:07 a.m. 01/04/2018
KENOSHA, Wis (CBS 58) -- According to We Energies outage map, all power has been restored throughout the Kenosha area.
Update: 10:10 p.m. 01/03/2018
The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department estimates that a little over 5,000 customers remain without power as of 9:50 p.m.
According to the Sheriff's Department, We Energies lost a transmission source of 138,000 volts from ATC that ultimately feeds three sub-stations. The equipment failure, a circuit breaker is ATC's which WE Energies is working to by-pass and/or fix. We Energies first tried doing some switching but that failed, the Sheriff's Department said in a Facebook post. They then decided to start bridging as many customers as possible using other sub-stations.
We Energies hopes to have a full restoration by 10:30 p.m. as a best guess.
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Update: 7:45 p.m. 01/03/2018
We Energies is now reporting that the number of customers without power is down to 15,000.
American Transmission Co. is still working to safely repair their equipment and restore power. There is currently no estimated time for when power will be restored.
Indian Trail Academy, Tremper High School, and Salvation Army Kenosha are now open as warming centers for those without heat.
Police ask that residents check on family, friends, and neighbors who might be affected.
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KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A massive power outage in Kenosha is currently under investigation.
According to the We Energies Outage Map, roughly 19,000 customers are without power in Kenosha
According to police, the power outage extends west to Green Bay Road and north of the city limits. Police are unsure of how far south it extends. If you would like to see the affected areas, click here.
Police say the outage began happening around 5:30 p.m.
We are working quickly and as safely as possible to assist @AmerTransCo with a large transmission outage in the Kenosha area. Nearly 19K customers are with out power at this time.— We Energies (@we_energies) January 4, 2018
Thanks for your patience while we work through the frigid conditions to safely repair our equipment to restore power in the Kenosha area. We know it’s cold, and we are working to get you warm again ASAP.— ATC (@AmerTransCo) January 4, 2018
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