MILWAUKEE -- Severe storms ripping through Wisconsin are leading to power outages in southeastern Wisconsin early Thursday morning.
Earlier in the morning, WE Energies reported as many as 40,000 customers were affected by outages Thursday in our part of the state.
A company spokesperson issued this statement Thursday afternoon:
"We Energies crews are have been working non-stop since strong storms and high winds caused extensive damage across Wisconsin Thursday morning. Our crews have already restored service to more than 26,000 customers, we will continue to work safely to restore power to all customers. Our crews have encountered widespread damage, including broken utility poles, downed power lines and trees falling into our equipment."
The National Weather Service issued Tornado Warnings for Waukesha, Dodge and Jefferson counties, and the rest of southeast Wisconsin is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch early Thursday. All watches and warnings have since expired for SE Wisconsin.
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