APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Thousands of customers are without power after severe thunderstorms swept across west-central and east-central Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula reports more than 65,000 customers remain without power statewide as of 6 p.m. Friday. As many as 40,000 customers are estimated to be without power in the Fox Valley alone.
The City of Appleton is hardest-hit, with more than 19,900 customers without power. A major transmission line to that area is down. It's expected to take up to three days to fully restore power.
The storms knocked down trees and power lines. Waushara County reports many roads remain impassable due to downed trees and power lines.
The American Red Cross is opening a reception center at Kaukauna High School for people to charge electronic devices and take showers.
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