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Continued: 1 dead, 3 injured after thunderstorm that damaged central, northeastern Wisconsin

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  • Last update: August 7, 2013 - 9:25 PM

About 53,000 We Energies customers were without power at one point Wednesday, mostly in Outagamie County, after three substations were damaged. The number was down to about 40,000 around 9 p.m. We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey said most customers should have their power restored by early Friday evening.

Debris in roadways is delaying the restoration effort, We Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schulze said.

"They are up against a lot of obstacles," she said.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesman Todd Steffen says about 18,000 customers mostly in Brown, Calumet and Manitowoc counties lost power around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, but by 8 p.m. it was down to about 2,200.

He expected most to be restored by the end of Wednesday but some may not be restored until Thursday. More than 100 damaged poles need to be replaced, he said.

A power outage in Jackson County affected the Taylor radio repeater and they were not able to page out Taylor Fire Department, but power has been restored, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management.

The American Red Cross opened shelters in New London, Appleton and Wrightstown.

All surgeries were canceled at Appleton Medical Center for Wednesday because they were operating on generator power.

Residential and business damage in Brown County was estimated at about $2.8 million along with crop damage. More than 100 homes were damaged, with one destroyed and one with major damage, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management.

Back in Marinette County, a dock wall near the Waupaca foundry was damaged when it was struck by a ship that broke free from port. A pair of tugs stopped the vessel from hitting a bridge, according to the state.

Other counties cleaning up Wednesday included Barron, Calumet, Clark, Kewaunee, Lincoln, Marathon, Waushara and Wood counties.

Ho-Chunk Nation officials also reported damage to their Pow-Wow grounds.

Wisconsin Public Service said all available crews as well as help from Madison Gas & Electric and Upper Peninsula Power Co. were working to repair damage. WPS said there are more than 100 broken power poles.

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