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Parts Of West Michigan Still In The Dark

Posted at 11:40 AM, Dec 23, 2012
and last updated 2013-02-20 12:47:39-05

JACKSON, Mich. – Around 2,500 Consumers Energy electric customers were without service Sunday because of a winter storm that moved through Michigan Thursday.

Since 4 a.m. Thursday, more than 170,000 customers have been affected by weather related outages.

More than 1,700 Consumers Energy and contract employees are working on storm restoration efforts, including crews from Ohio and Indiana.

Restoration work  continued through the night Friday, but for some customers it was midnight Saturday before power was restored.  However, other customers in more hard-hit areas may not have their power restored until late Monday.

Estimates will be updated as assessment and repairs continue. Additional storm activity may prolong restoration times.

As of 11:00 a.m. Sunday, here are the approximate numbers of Consumers Energy electric customers remaining without service in the following counties in the FOX 17 viewing area:

  • Allegan (435)
  • Ottawa (65)

Updated outage information is available online at www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap. The outage map may be accessed by both computers and mobile devices.

Consumers Energy cautions you to stay far away from downed wires and avoid anything they may be touching, then report it immediately by calling 1-800-477-5050, or your local law enforcement agency. The utility also reminds customers to be alert to utility crews working along roads and urges drivers to take extra precautions in those situations.  In particular, drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past utility workers and equipment on roadsides.