Power outages affect hundreds

1:42 p.m.

…….The Upper Peninsula Power Company has restored power to all but about 500 customers after electricity was knocked out due to strong winds.  UPPCO says the largest power outage is in Ishpeming, where 425 customers are without power.

UPPCO asks customers for patience as the company is working to restore power, even bring in repair crews from Wisconsin to assist.

For more information on the outages, visit http://www.uppco.com/outagesummary/view/outagegrid,aspx.


10:00 a.m.
………High winds last night and overnight have caused hundreds of scattered outages throughout UPPCO communities. As of 8:45 a.m., about 700 customers are without power in 34 separate outages. The wind is expected to abate somewhat later in the day. However, many UPPCO restoration crews worked through the night and will be unavailable to assist in restoration for several hours while they take a mandatory break to ensure they can work on high voltage lines safely.

Wisconsin Public Service is sending crews to assist in line repair and power restoration. UPPCO hopes to get service restored to most customers by sometime this evening, depending on how many new outages occur during the day. Progress will be slow since most of the outages are scattered throughout the eastern service area and involve a small number of customers.

8:05 a.m.

……….Hundreds of people in the Upper Peninsula are starting the week in the dark after stormy weather Sunday night.

UPPCO says high winds have knocked out power to more than 600 customers in Ishpeming, and the affected area includes Ishpeming High School and Ishpeming Middle School.

Forty-one customers in Negaunee were affected as of 8:00 a.m. Monday, and 33 customers in Republic also had no electricity.

UPPCO posts outage information on its website, and if outages are in progress, the information about them is updated every 15 minutes.