High winds whip through Fox Valley

Ice fishermen on Lake Winnebago.
Ice fishermen on Lake Winnebago.

GREEN BAY/OSHKOSH - When strong winds start to blow, it can cause power outages.

Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) has a dispatch center which monitors power outages throughout the state 24 hours a day seven days a week.

"That middle one is our map. So that's showing us right now where our outages are and then below, you can see how many people are out," said Lisa Prunty, public relations manager with Wisconsin Public Service.

WPS said Friday's power outages were minimal and scattered in the northern, central and eastern area. Around 10 Friday morning, 400 customers didn't have power.

"When we do have high winds, we are looking at the wind speeds. Where are they the highest so that if we do have an issue, we can send crews out to those areas right away," Prunty said.

When it comes to getting the power on, Prunty said it depends on the situation.

"At times we have to walk or drive the lines to find out where the issue is and sometimes that can take hours," Purty said.

Wind gusts on Lake Winnebago were between 30 and 40 miles per hour. But the high winds didn't stop ice fishermen from competing in the Battle on Bago tournament.

"This wind is incredible. I've never seen it like this before but the fishing's really slow. We haven't had any luck yet," said Mark Sorg.

Andy Rozinski was also hoping to catch a fish but he chose to sit in his car rather than his shanty on the lake.

"It's cold. That wind will go right through ya. I think it's more comfortable in hereā€¦less noisy," said Rozinski.

Back on land the wind showed no mercy to the Battle on Bago event tent.

"We had some poles break loose and a couple of holes in our tent this morning and everything was kind of, wherever the wind put it, that's where it was," Glenn Curran, committee member with Battle on Bago.

Fortunately the group has hundreds of volunteers on hand to help them put everything back together.