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Snowstorm leaves thousands in Wisconsin without power (12:44 p.m. 12/9/09)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Winter’s first major snow storm has knocked out power to thousands of people across the state.

Alliant Energy officials said the storm cut power to about 22,000 people in southern Wisconsin. The lights were still off for about 17,500 customers, including about 9,000 in Janesville, on Wednesday morning.

We Energies officials said about 30,000 people around southeastern Wisconsin lost power. The utility was still working late Wednesday morning to about 15,000 people.

According to Wisconsin Public Service Corp., about 12,000 people along Lake Michigan are without power, including about 4,000 in Door County.

Xcel Energy reports about 760 customers in northwestern Wisconsin lost power. Electricity had been restored to all but about 60 by late morning Wednesday.

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