LAKEWOOD, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) This is a horrible time to be without electricity -- but almost 5,500 utility customers in northern Wisconsin were shivering through power outages this morning. Wisconsin Public Service said around two-thousand customers were in the dark in the Townsend area at five a-m. Lakewood had 1,600 customers out, and Mountain 1,400.
White Lake, Crivitz, and Suring also had a handful of outages on one of the coldest mornings of the winter.
It was between 16-and-21-below in the Rhinelander region at five. Public Service officials gave no indication of when the power could be restored. The state's other large utilities reported no outages this morning.