Bad weather on Tuesday caused outages for more than 70,000 customers.
Consumers Energy crews restored power to more than 30,000 customers overnight after a severe weather system hit Michigan on Tuesday. According to the company, more than 70,000 customers have been impacted.
“The severe weather that we have seen once again has left a path of destruction behind, and now our teams are back to restore power as quickly and safely as possible for all of our affected customers,” Guy said. Packard, Vice President of Consumers Energy for Electricity. operations. “We appreciate the patience of our customers as the teams work around the clock to assess the damage and turn the lights back on for everyone. “
The Consumer power outage map can be used to report outages and view estimated time to restore. According to the map, widespread blackouts were mainly seen in Mecosta, Newaygo, Montcalm, Clare and Ionia counties.
Consumers Energy says it expects much of the region’s electricity to be restored by the end of Wednesday night.
When it comes to downed power lines, Packard encourages people to stay at least 25 feet away and watch pets and children. Interrupted lines can be reported by calling 911 or Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050.
Consumers Energy officials have also published safety tips and guidelines for dealing with storm damage:
- Be aware of the teams working along the roads. Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so that they can safely pass workers on the side of roads.
- Call 211 if you are looking for help connecting to resources that offer help in your community. This is a free statewide service.
- A portable generator should be placed at least 25 feet from any door, window or fresh air intake. Never run a generator inside your home, garage, basement, or confined space. Doing so could cause a generator to produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless, and deadly gas. Good ventilation is essential.
- Consumers Energy will cut or remove trees interfering with electrical restoration activities. Once it is safe to do so, cleaning up debris from pruning or tree removal during a storm is the responsibility of individual owners.
- In some cases, the mast that holds the electrical service wires at a customer’s home or business may have been damaged or torn off. Crews will reconnect the wires to a house, but only a licensed electrician can repair or replace a mast or cable.
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