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Surgeries cancelled at Appleton Medical Center due to massive power loss

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Surgeries were canceled this morning at an Appleton hospital where thunderstorms knocked out power during the night.

The Appleton Medical Center said it was running on a back-up generator, after police said up to 90-percent of the city lost its electricity at the height of the storms.

We Energies said over 53,000 electric customers in the Fox Valley were without power as of seven o’clock. Appleton had around 14,000 customers out.The Wisconsin Public Service utility reports almost 14,000 customers in the dark in its service area of northeast and central Wisconsin.Denmark had around 1,700 customers out.

The Apple Creek Campground near Wrightstown was heavily damaged.

Fallen trees blocked the campground’s main entrance, and there have been no reports of serious injuries. In Greenleaf, a gas leak occurred at an auto body shop – and the building collapsed a short time later.

The National Weather Service said Appleton had 86-mile-an-hour winds during the night. Hail and strong winds hit the northern half of Wisconsin last night and early today.

They’re gone, and partly cloudy skies are in the statewide forecast for today.