RACINE COUNTY — Blackouts rolled through the area Thursday evening, the largest of which was in the Burlington area where a reported 1,700 We Energies customers lost power.
We Energies spokesperson Amy Jahns confirmed the outage was caused by an electrical pole fire. At one point, 1,700 Burlington-area customers lost power but Jahns said it was restored by 9 p.m.
Strong winds downed tree branches and power lines, causing small power outages in Racine and Kenosha Counties. Jahns said that most of the smaller reported power outages experienced on Thursday were weather-related.
Kenosha County was hit a little harder than Racine — 904 customers lost power in Salem Lakes. Jahns reported that a tree came into contact with We Energies equipment causing the outage. Crews were on the scene as of 6:30 p.m. and hoped to have power restored by 9 p.m.
A large tree had several branches fall, downing power lines on the 3000 block of Main Street in Racine around 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon, cutting off power for seven customers, Jahns said. Crews were on the scene by 6 p.m. and power was restored shortly after.
According to the We Energies outage map, crews were working on restoring power on Emmertsen Road between Sandy Lane and Potomac Place. The map shows nine customers were affected by the outage.
National Weather Service meteorologist Rebecca Rogers said winds ranged from 35 to 45 mph on Thursday with faster gusts occurring near the lakefront. Kenosha Airport recorded gusts up to 60 mph.
Rogers said while it was windier than the average day, it was not out of the ordinary for the type of low-pressure weather system that moved through southeastern Wisconsin on Thursday.
One outage that was not weather-related was reported in the Town of Waterford on East Main Drive, just east of Highway 36. Jahns said a squirrel came into contact with We Energies equipment causing an outage. Three customers were affected.