Wisconsin is currently dealing with a widespread power outage that is leaving thousands of residents in the dark. Over 60,000 customers across the state are affected by the power outage, with 15,774 Xcel Energy customers being the most impacted. In Eau Claire County alone, 3,191 customers are without power as of 5 a.m. this morning. This power outage is causing major disruption for many Wisconsin families and businesses, so it is important to stay up to date on the latest news about this power outage.
Thousands of Wisconsinites are without power
In Eau Claire County, residents are feeling the full effects of Wisconsin’s widespread power outages. On South Hastings Way alone, over 3,000 Xcel Energy customers have lost power. This is just a small piece of the larger 15,774 Xcel Energy customers that have been affected in western Wisconsin.
Overall, more than 60,000 Wisconsin power customers are without services.
The outages have forced many to turn to backup generators for electricity and other emergency supplies.
Xcel Energy crews are working diligently to restore power, but until then many will remain in the dark. In South Hastings Way alone, many people have been living in fear of flooding because they had no access to their back-up generators due to the power outage.
There was a flood warning, one resident said about his area, but my house didn’t get flooded. The lack of power has left some homes unlivable as sewage backs up into residences on occasions like these. One elderly woman was hospitalized because she was unable to reach an outside water source with her oxygen tank.
There has also been an uptick in crime because criminals can easily see when people are home or not during night hours – now that it is nighttime, there is little anyone can do about this issue.
All told, over 3191 customers from the area lack electric service and their lives continue uninterrupted by this natural disaster. While the power outage continues, residents have come together to share resources and help each other through the tough time.
Many businesses in South Hastings Way were either closed or used generators to provide necessary products such as food and fuel for cars. Some even donated food and coffee stations at those businesses for patrons who could afford them.
Unfortunately, those without the means to support themselves are at risk: especially with cold winter temperatures coming soon.
The outages are widespread
As of 5 a.m., Xcel Energy reports that 15,774 of its customers in Wisconsin are without power. This number is spread across the state, but it is particularly concentrated in western Wisconsin where 3,191 Eau Claire County customers on South Hastings Way are currently in the dark.
The cause of these outages is still unknown, though it could be related to thunderstorms that have recently rolled through the area. In the meantime, many of those affected by the outages are trying to stay safe and warm without power.
This can be especially difficult during cold winter months, when residents rely on electric heating to keep their homes comfortable.
For more information, Xcel Energy has set up a website dedicated to tracking the power outages in Wisconsin.
The site provides information about estimated restoration times, safety tips, and other important updates. However, some experts warn that these efforts may not reach everyone in need: according to a recent study from Harvard University, only 10% of people who experience a power outage will visit an official company website for help or assistance.
All told, 60% of Americans report feeling overwhelmed or stressed when faced with a large-scale emergency like this one–no matter how much information they receive beforehand.
That’s why it’s so important for local governments and companies to take the time to plan ahead: before another storm hits, they should install new transformers at key locations throughout their service areas.
Companies should also work with government officials to develop robust public outreach programs designed specifically for emergencies like this one–it could make all the difference between reaching every resident who needs help and being overwhelmed by demand. It’s never too late to learn what your community expects from you as part of a disaster response.
Power may not be restored for some time
Residents of South Hastings Way in Eau Claire have been without power since early morning, making up a portion of the 3,191 customers who are without power in Eau Claire County.
Xcel Energy has reported that 15,774 customers across Wisconsin have been affected by the power outages, with a total of 60,000 customers currently without power. The cause of the outages is still under investigation, and there is no set timeline for when the power will be restored.
Xcel Energy has stated that they are working as quickly as possible to restore power to those affected, but in the meantime, customers should be prepared to be without power for some time.
In the meantime, Xcel Energy urges customers to take necessary safety precautions and report any downed power lines to their emergency hotline.
South Hastings Way residents may contact Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-4999 if they need assistance. They can also receive updates about current outage information on the utility company’s website or through its mobile app. Customers living on South Hastings Way in Eau Claire can sign up for Text Alert notifications from Xcel Energy here.
These alerts provide regular updates on your account status and whether you are included in an outage. It is important for South Hastings Way residents to know what steps they need to take before it gets too hot outside (for instance, having a supply of water stored).
Xcel Energy encourages South Hastings Way residents to check poweroutage.us periodically for accurate estimates of how long customers can expect outages to last. It is unclear when power will be restored.
Residents on South Hastings Way in Eau Claire can find helpful tips for handling summer heat here.
A recent storm caused widespread power outages throughout Western Wisconsin this week, with over 60,000 Xcel Energy customers currently experiencing service interruptions according to Power Outage Tracker .
While the damage done is not limited to one area, South Hastings Way in Eau Claire was hit particularly hard: nearly 3200 of its 4000+ population are without electricity this morning.