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Ice storm could lead to power outages across West Michigan

Posted at 3:30 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 06:35:35-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Consumers Energy says its already preparing crews to restore power as a powerful ice storm is moving over West Michigan this weekend.

FOX 17 Meteorologists say heavy rain will begin to move in Friday evening and then turn to ice early Saturday morning.

Spokesperson for Consumer's Energy Roger Morgenstern says the company has been watching the storm just as closely as everyone else.

He says that although they are concerned about what we're expecting to see this weekend, Morganstern says their electric company is ready.

"Ice is the biggest concern we have, if we even get a quarter inch of ice on our power lines that can add 500 pounds of weight to that line, which can cause lines to break, power poles to break," he said. "We've got crews scheduled so we have 24 hours coverage starting Saturday morning."

As a reminder, Morgenstern also wants you to make sure you have plenty of drinking water, medicine and food for you and your pets, especially if we do have a two or three day outage, which is possible at this point.

For everyone who has a generator, you should know they're never supposed to be running inside of your home due to the risk of carbon monoxide.