Following high winds that caused tens of thousands of power outages across Michigan on Saturday, utility company Consumers Energy said power should be restored to most of its customers by the end of Monday.
High winds blew across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula on Saturday afternoon, causing damage across much of the southern half of the state. According to Consumers Energy, more than 150,000 customers lost power due to inclement weather.
The company says Midland, Flint, Carson City, Grand Rapids, Greenville, Alma and Ionia were among the hardest hit communities in its service area. Consumers reports that its service area experienced falling trees and tree branches, 192 broken poles and more than 2,200 damaged power lines.
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The company said early Sunday morning that power had been restored to around 84,000 customers overnight Saturday. Electricity should be restored to the most affected Consumers Energy customers by the end of Monday.
“Our crews … have done a great job overnight and we look forward to favorable weather conditions today to continue to restore power to residents and businesses,” Melissa Gleespen, one of the managers, said Sunday morning. from Consumer Energy. “We have also added crews to our mutual assistance system that will allow us to have a successful restoration day.”
As of 9:40 a.m. Sunday, approximately 59,900 Consumer customers were still affected by power outages. We track Sunday power outages right here.
Power is expected to be restored to the most affected DTE Energy customers by the end of the day on Sunday.
If you encounter downed power lines, do not touch or approach them. Report downed lines to the authorities or your utility company and be sure to stay at least 25 feet away. Yellow warning tape indicates there is a downed power line in the area – for your own safety officials say you must not cross the warning tape.
Report a DTE failure here. Report a breakdown at Consumers Energy here.
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