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Strong wind knocks out power, halts construction projects

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Strong wind knocked down power lines, toppled trees and shut down construction projects in many areas of Wisconsin.

About 21,000 Wisconsin Public Service customers in northeastern and central Wisconsin were without service Friday morning. Utility crews working overnight restored power to about 20,000 WPS customers.

In western Wisconsin, two tower cranes used in a construction project at Gundersen Lutheran were shut down because of the high wind. Construction supervisor Dave Kammueller tells WXOW-TV the cranes can lift up to 6,000 pounds each, but are shut down when the wind velocity gets too high.

According to the National Weather Service, Door County was hit hard with more than 11,000 customers without power at the height of the service interruption.

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