Power Outages, Slide-Offs Cause Problems Friday

Posted at 11:51 AM, Dec 21, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-21 11:51:09-05

SAUGATUCK, Mich.– It wasn’t the precipitation but the wind that caused the most problems early Friday morning.

There were reports of 70 mile per hour winds gusts in South Haven. The threshold for a Category 1 Hurricane is 74 miles per hour.

At one point, Consumers Energy reported close to 60,000 customers across the state who were affected by the weather.

A large limb fell onto a power line on Pleasant Street near State Street in Saugatuck. The limb blocked the road as the power line dangled from above.

There were pockets of snow squalls that caused some slide-offs along I-196. The driver of a jack-knife semi waited patiently for a tow truck to pull him out.

This is the time when many people may opt to warm up their vehicles in the morning. But, law enforcement urges people do what they can to prevent car thefts. It is recommended that drivers use a remote control starter. If not, law enforcement says to have a spare key, that way drivers can keep their car doors locked while they warm up their cars and still have a way to get in.