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MILWAUKEE — Officials with We Energies say they're making progress in restoring power to customers in southeastern Wisconsin, but outages are expected to persist into Wednesday

At least 115,000 customers of Milwaukee-based We Energies were without power at the peak of the outages. The number was down to about 15,000 by Tuesday night.

PHOTO: Pedestrians and a cyclist cross Livingston Street at its crossing with East Washington Avenue after a strong storm dumped large amounts of rain in Madison, Wis., Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, M.P. King)
Pedestrians and a cyclist cross Livingston Street at its crossing with East Washington Avenue after a strong storm dumped large amounts of rain in Madison, Wis., Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, M.P. King)

We Energies spokesman Rick White says Monday's severe thunderstorms damaged 29 power poles. He calls it the utility's worst outage in a decade.

Across the rest of southern Wisconsin, Madison-based Alliant Energy says about 600 customers remained without power Tuesday night, down from a high of 10,000.

Police say a 63-year-old Janesville man is in critical condition at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center after apparently being struck by lightning after he got out of his vehicle Monday.

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PHOTO: Motorists and a fire engine brave high water on East Washington Avenue approaching the state Capitol building after a strong storm dumped large amounts of rain in Madison, Wis., Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, M.P. King)
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