Storms, damaging winds tear through SE Wisconsin; thousands left without power

NOW: Storms, damaging winds tear through SE Wisconsin; thousands left without power

Updated: 6:15 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2021 

SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- CBS 58 News had crews out tracking storm damage Wednesday morning, Aug. 11. 

Lightning and strong winds brought down many trees and left thousands without power. 

Brendan Conway with We Energies said 70,000 people had their power restored since the storms rolled through Tuesday evening.

More than 100,000 people were still without power and more than 50,000 of those people were in Milwaukee County.

Conway encouraged people to call We Energies to report a power outage, if they hadn't already. 

He said to stay away from power lines that were knocked down in the storm.


SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- Severe weather across southeastern Wisconsin brought heavy damage and power outages along with it Tuesday night, Aug. 10.

The storms uprooted numerous trees, some smashing into cars and homes across the area.

A lightning strike may have caused a house fire on Marietta Avenue on Milwaukee's east side. 

Milwaukee fire officials say damage is so extensive across the city they're asking for assistance from other agencies.

The Milwaukee Fire Department is also asking that anyone who sees smoke or acing with downed wires please call 911 immediately.

We Energies advises the public to stay at least 25 feet away from any downed power lines and report the situation to We Energies or a local law enforcement agency.

As of 11 p.m., more than 137,000 customers were without power across Wisconsin.

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