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Power back on for nearly 11,000 around Wausau

10:38 pm. 10-30-12 WSAU's Ra... (Download MP3)
Karmen Lemke from WPS explai... (Download MP3)

WAUSAU, WI  (WSAU)  -  An equipment problem at a Wisconsin Public Service electrical substation has disrupted power for many in the Wausau area.  The problem is inside of the Morrison Avenue substation adjacent to the Weston power plant's north side.  Power was restored around 1am.

Wisconsin Public Service's Twitter account says the problem was weather related, but officials from WPS have not told WSAU how weather affected the equipment.

Just under 11,000 customers were without electricity.  Customers in Wausau, Rothschild, Weston, Schofield, Kronenwetter, and Rib Mountain were all affected by this equipment problem. The biggest outage began Tuesday night at about 8:50 p.m. but WPS reports some outages as early as 7:15 p.m.

The outage impacted WSAU-AM's transmitter site, and sister-station WRIG. WSAU's programming continues on 99.9 FM and at wsau.com.


(Listen to WSAU's Raymond Neupert reporting from the scene at 10:40 p.m. and WPS' Karmen Lemke explaining the equipment failure at 10:50 p.m. by clicking on the application buttons above.)