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Utility crews brave blizzard to restore power


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Utility crews in southern Wisconsin are battling stiff winds and swirling snow to restore power to customers who lost service in the blizzard.

We Energies spokesman Barry McNulty says about 5,200 customers in the Racine-Kenosha area lost service in the storm. He says crews worked through the night and restored service to hundreds of customers.

He says the weather was so bad that in some cases, crews had to call for help when their utility trucks got stuck in the snow.

With winds gusts of 50 mph, being aloft in a utility bucket truck could be a dangerous place. McNulty says crews are well-trained to take the necessary precautions.

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