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Published October 27, 2010, 08:15 AM

60,000 WPS customers without power

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As many as 60,000 customers in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula are without electricity as high winds continue to ravage power lines.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As many as 60,000 customers in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula are without electricity as high winds continue to ravage power lines. The outages caused some school districts to cancel classes in Wisconsin, including Rhinelander, Lac du Flambeau (lahk-doo-FLAM'-boh) and Mercer.

Wisconsin Public Service, based in Green Bay, says some of the hardest hit areas are Minocqua (min-AH'-kwah), Rhinelander and Wabeno (wah-BEE'-noh) in Wisconsin. About 5,500 are without power in the U.P.

Company spokeswoman Lisa Prunty says all WPS crews are working to restore power and the utility crews have been called in from Iowa and Minnesota.

Prunty says making repairs has been challenging for line people because of the strong winds, falling tree limbs and lines.

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