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We Energies crews brave the weather to return power to homes

Posted at 2:12 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 15:12:04-05

With frigid cold temperatures, most people are staying inside. However, some don't have a choice.

"Like the first responders, our men and women are out in this extreme cold doing amazing work as well," Brendan Conway with We Energies said.

Thousands were without power in Southeastern Wisconsin due to the frigid temperatures. Crews from We Energies braved temperatures well below zero to ensure people could stay warm inside the safety of their home.

"Our goal is to keep power on," Conway said. "Get back on as quickly as possible and let people stay home, stay warm. That's our focus."

But some folks chose to go outside. By Lake Michigan, the water temperature was nearly 60 degrees warmer than the air temperature.

"I've lived here almost 60 years," Tom Telderer of Milwaukee said. "It's cold but it's livable."

"When there's extreme weather, sometimes it's fun to go for a walk," Reid Wersal of Milwaukee said. "Bundle up and see how well you can take it."

No one should spend much time outside. It can take just five minutes for frost bite to set in.