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Power may not be restored until Saturday afternoon for some customers


Western Wisconsin (WQOW) - The early morning thunderstorms left thousands of people in western Wisconsin without power.

Xcel Energy says more than 15,000 customers were affected. The hardest hit area was Hudson, with just over 9,000 outages. Xcel says because of the extensive damage there, power to some areas won't be restored until Saturday afternoon.

Between Menomonie, Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire, a little more than 2,000 customers were impacted by the storm and most of the power has already been restored.

On Eau Claire's north side, Xcel employees spent the day working to repair a broken power pole on Pedemont Road. With more storms on the way, Xcel Energy says they are prepared

"Our business is largely impacted by the weather so we're always mindful of it. And 24/7 we're monitoring weather situations. In fact, we have meteorologists on staff that monitor the weather forecasts and conditions and when we know storms are approaching we make sure that we have staff available and prepared to respond," says Xcel Energy Spokeswoman Liz Wolf Green.

Xcel says there are certain things to remember to prepare for strong storms hitting our area. Keep trees trimmed and away from power lines and if you lose power or come across a fallen line, contact your utility provider.

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