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UPDATE: MG&E to have all power restored tonight


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Gas and Electric officials say they have restored power to 99 percent of their customers, but still have about two dozen without power.

MG&E predicts the power in those homes will be restored Friday evening.

But, if MG&E is unsuccessful in getting power restored to a specific home, they will work with Dane County Emergency Management to get those families the assistance they need.

Alliant Energy says it still has a couple hundred customers without power, mostly in rural Mt. Horeb and Cambridge.

Dane County officials say deputies and parks workers will check on those customers to make sure they have a warm place to go.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits Friday night into Saturday morning, not accounting for wind.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Power outages from Thursday's snow storm are still affecting many people across Wisconsin.

As of Friday morning, Madison Gas & Electric was reporting as many as 1,000 customers were without power. Alliant Energy reported at nearly 10,000 customers in Wisconsin were still without power.

Crews with MG&E will be work again at 6:00 a.m. They will get help from around the state from other utility companies. Those crews, along with other hired contractors will nearly double its workforce.

Even though they might not get to it immediately, power officials are still urging anyone with outages to call them in.

If your power goes out and it's a life or death situation officials urge you to call 911.

They also ask people to check in with neighbors and friends.

Be sure to have plenty of blankets, flashlights and water just in case.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Many families are wondering if their power will last the night. Power crews have been busy restoring power for thousands of families, but some people may not be able to turn on the lights until Friday at the earliest.

As snowfall slowly comes to an end conditions are only getting worse. Clear roads are filling back up with drifting snow and power lines hit with gusting winds.

"When the winds blow against those lines they move around more and the weight from the snow snaps the lines and tree limbs are falling onto the lines as well," Madison Gas and Electric representative Stephen Kraus says.

Thousands of MG&E customers and Alliant Energy customers were without power at some point. Many of them will have their power restored Thursday evening but as conditions get worse crews won't be able to keep up with demand.

"There's a pretty good chance that if people are out of service by later [Thursday] evening that it might take the whole night to get them back into service," Kraus explains.

Some might not have power until late Friday morning, or even later than that.

"Each repair they do takes care of about 20-50 folks at a time. It's going to take some time to make it through there," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi says.

To make things even worse, drivers are running into electrical boxes and causing traffic lights to turn black.

"It's especially important when it's on the ground because it's closer to people and closer to the traffic," Klaus says.

Even though they might not get to it Thursday night, power officials are still urging the public to call in outages. Emergency situations will get priority and the sooner you call it in the sooner crews will come.

"We'll continue to battle this well into tomorrow," Klaus says.

If your power goes out and it becomes a life or death situation, such as patients who need oxygen or any other medical needs, officials urge you to call 911.

They also ask people to check in with neighbors and friends. Be sure to have plenty of blankets, flashlights and water just in case.

Click this link to track Madison Gas and Electric outages.

Click this link to track Alliant Energy outages.

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