Consumers Energy: Power restored to 90% of customers after severe windstorm | News

Lights are starting to come back on for more customers as crews continue to work to restore power after Saturday’s inclement weather.

Power has been restored to more than 90% of affected Consumer Energy customers, according to the utility company. Nearly 354 crews worked through the night to restore power.

In total, crews have restored power to 137,000 customers since Saturday morning with more than 14,000 customers remaining, according to Consumers Energy.

“Our goal remains to restore every customer, resident and business by the end of the day today and we are on track to achieve that goal,” said Melissa Gleespen, one of the leaders of Consumers. Energy responsible for the storm. “I want to thank our customers for their patience while we work to restore power and our teams for working safely to ensure that every customer has their lights back on.”

The December 11 storm had gusts of 55 miles per hour and affected more than 150,000 Consumer Energy customers across the state. Power was knocked out along the lake shore as well as in central and southern Michigan.

The hardest hit areas are Midland, Flint, Alma, Carson City, Grand Rapids, Greenville and Ionia. The winds toppled trees, branches, snapped 192 poles and damaged more than 2,200 power lines, the utility company said.

Consumers Energy team members held community events on Sunday to thank customers for their patience, including handing out free coffee and donuts to Flint-area residents.

While crews continue to work, Consumers Energy wants customers to be aware of downed power lines. If you see one, stay at least 25 feet from the downed power line and call 911 or Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050.

Customers can check the status of an outage online and sign up to receive outage alerts by phone, email or text by texting “REG” to 232273.