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Downed trees high winds

Thousands of Racine County residents woke up to not having power, downed trees and a mess Thursday morning after high winds whipped through the area.

Over 2,700 We Energies customers in Racine County were without power after a storm ripped through the area Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

Throughout the region, over 17,000 We Energies customers in southeast Wisconsin were without power. However, about 9,000 have had their power restored. Crews have been working on repairing the damage in Racine County, but they have a number of downed power poles in Racine County, said Brian Manthey, spokesperson for We Energies.

“We should have a better sense of timing for restoration in a couple of hours as we are able to assess how long it will take for some of the outages,” he said.

Crews are still assessing the damage and it might be a few hours before he can narrow down restoration times, he said.


In Caledonia Memorial Park, a cemetery that has been used since 1846, 10 trees toppled over, said Jim Svoboda, superintendent for the Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Parks.

Neighbors in many neighborhoods also found downed fences, trees, awnings, and other debris in their yards.

The damage wasn’t the result of a tornado, said David Maack, directory of Racine County Emergency Management.

“I received no notice (of a tornado),” he said. “High winds coupled with moist grounds will result in trees going down.”

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.