About 50,000 We Energies customers still were without power Thursday following severe storms Tuesday night that knocked out power to more than 225,000 customers in Wisconsin.
The bulk of the outages are clustered in the Milwaukee/Wauwatosa area but extend to western Waukesha and Jefferson counties and south to Racine and Kenosha, where thousands of customers are without power.
"We are literally fighting a battle here, a war on the destruction that was caused by the horrendous storms we saw here on Tuesday night," Tom Metcalfe, president of We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, said at a Thursday news conference in Milwaukee.
"We are throwing everything we can at this recovery effort. All resources. No expense spared," said Metcalfe, who earlier called the power restoration effort the largest in company history.
We Energies planned to have power restored to 200,000 out of the 225,000 total who lost it by the end of Thursday.
Milwaukee Alderman Michael J. Murphy said in a statement that "many" of his constituents are coming up on being without power for 48 hours — with no air conditioning, refrigeration or Wi-Fi — and are frustrated with the "vague" answers they've gotten from the company about when the power will come back on.