Xcel Energy: More than 11,000 customers experienced power outages during storm

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- More than 11,000 customers were without power during a snowstorm that blanketed Western Wisconsin on Thursday and Friday.

Xcel Energy says its crews worked throughout the day on Friday to restore power to those who lost it -- and crews were expected to continue working overnight into early Saturday morning.

Xcel says everyone was expected to have full power back by late Friday night.

Crews have restored power to about two-thirds of the customers affected by an outage in the Chippewa Valley Friday morning.

Xcel Energy says power was restored to nearly 2,280 customers near Chippewa Falls and Tilden. Trees that fell on a power line caused it around 5:45 a.m.

Nearly 1,000 customers remain without power in the Chippewa Valley and nearby areas. Crews from Rice Lake, Hudson, Amery and La Crosse are helping the effort to restore power to those customers.
Xcel Energy crews are trying to restore power to 3,800 customers in the Chippewa Valley who lost power on Friday morning.

A company spokeswoman says the majority of the outages are in the area of Chippewa Falls and Tilden, where more than 2,200 customers are in the dark. That outage was reported around 5:45 a.m. There are also more than 100 outages in the Eau Claire area, and another 100 near Menomonie and Elk Mound. The company believes the outages are weather-related, although crews have not found an exact cause yet.

The company does not know when power to those customers will be restored.

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