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UPDATE 12:45 p.m.: Over 4,500 We Energies customers are now without power, including Cree Inc., 9201 Washington Ave.,, Case High School, and Mitchell School.

“We are currently reaching out to WE Energies and will keep families informed as we learn more. If you need to reach your child’s school, please call 262-635-5600,” according to a statement by the Racine Unified School District.

UPDATE 10:50 a.m.: A semi-tractor trailer rolled over because of the high winds in the northbound lane of Interstate 94 just south of Highway 11. The driver wasn’t injured, but was only held in by his seat belt. Racine County Sheriff’s deputies are on scene and will be shutting down that northbound lane.

ORIGINAL STORY: About 120 We Energies customers are without power and a some trees are downed. Southeast Wisconsin remains under a high wind warning until 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. West winds of 30 to 40 mph and wind gusts of up to 60 mph are expected, according to the National Weather Service.

The high winds will make driving difficult.

Racine County law enforcement agencies have responded to a number of reports of garbage cans and other objects being blown into the street. On Douglas Avenue near LaSalle Street a tree as tall as a two-story house blew down at about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

“A tight pressure gradient between intense low pressure over Canada and high pressure to the south will bring very strong gusty winds again today,” according to the hazardous weather condition report. “The winds will diminish first in south central Wisconsin late this afternoon and then in the east by early evening, as high pressure begins to move in from the Northern Plains.”

If  you see any issues out on the roadways, please put it in the comments section.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.