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UPDATE: 6,500 remain without power

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About 6,500 Wisconsin Public Service customers are still without power after the storms which tore through the area last night.

Those affected are mostly located in Brown, Calumet, and Manitowoc counties, a WPS spokesman said.

Todd Steffen, WPS spokesman, said WPS crews will work through the night, but some people might not have power until tomorrow.

You can follow power restoration efforts at http://www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/outagesummary/view/outagegrid.aspx.

WPS officials also provided the following list of safety precautions:

After a Storm

•             Don't try to cut or remove down trees or branches unless you are absolutely certain power lines are not involved.

•             Replenish your supplies of batteries, bottled water and non-perishable food items in preparation for future storms.

•             Have a licensed electrician disconnect your generator unless the generator has an automatic disconnection device.

Down Power Lines

•             Stay away from down or sagging power lines, and do not touch anything that is on or near them (i.e., trees or tree limbs, cars, ladders).

•             Keep children and family pets away from areas where lines may have fallen (backyards, fields, school yards, etc.).

•             If a power line falls across a car that you're in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire, or other immediate danger, jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.

•             Report all power line hazards to WPS or your local emergency services agency.

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