Consumers preparing for more outages ahead of strong winds

Posted at 4:44 AM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 07:07:25-05

WEST MICHIGAN -- Consumers Energy is bracing for another round of power outages as West Michigan prepares for strong winds this weekend.

With 50 mile per hour winds in the forecast Sunday, Consumers Energy says people should be prepared for outages as they are expecting downed power lines.

“Fifty miles per hour winds could certainly cause damage on our system," said Roger Morgenstern, Senior Public Information Director with Consumers Energy. 

The warning comes just weeks after more than 200,000 customers went without power after an ice storm.

"It all depends on how long the winds last," Morgenstern said. "Consumers Energy is monitoring the weather and we will be ready to hit back as soon as we get hit by mother nature.”

He also provided some tips for residents on getting prepared.

“It is just a good reminder that our customers should always be prepared. This time of the year we can have a lot of weather fluctuations. They should make sure they have a supply of non-perishable food, drinkable water, make sure the charge up all their electronic devices in case there is an extended power outage," Morgenstern said.