Severe thunderstorms hit parts of the US Midwest on the night of Tuesday, August 10, 2021, leaving more than 460,000 consumers without electricity in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois.
As of 00:45 UTC on August 11 (19:45 CDT on August 10), more than 120,000 consumers in parts of Wisconsin and Michigan were without electricity.
According to PowerOutage, by 10:50 UTC the total had increased to 466,023 - of which 239,749 in Michigan, 117,847 in Wisconsin and 108,427 in Illinois.
“We are seeing a large number of power outages due to severe storms with high winds and thunderstorms,” We Energies said in a statement. The company provides electrical services to customers in parts of Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
“We have hundreds of people working all night to restore power after heavy storms and high winds caused significant damage. If you see a dropped power line, please stay away. Thank you for your patience as we are working to restore the power supply as safely as possible. and quickly, "the company added.
The storms hit the region after one of the hottest days of the year, with the heat index exceeding 38 ° C (100 ° F). They developed in central and southern Iowa and moved to Wisconsin.