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Consumers Energy still working to restore power as high winds continue

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Posted at 9:58 PM, Nov 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-15 21:58:26-05

JACKSON, Mich. — Consumers Energy is still working to restore power for tens of thousands of customers as of Sunday night.

More than 81,000 Consumers Energy customers lost power because of a windstorm with gust exceeding 50 miles per hour since Sunday morning.

As of 9:15 p.m., about 46,000 customers still did not have power, a news release said.

“Winds are expected to slowly diminish overnight and we will continue our work to get power restored as quickly and safely as possible,” said Gregory Salisbury, vice president of gas engineering. “We appreciate our customers’ patience as we work through this lengthy windstorm.”

More than 700 Consumers Energy employees and contractors are part of the restoration effort.

Continued high winds are making it difficult for some of the restoration work to proceed because of dangers posed by the weather, Consumers Energy said.

The company expects work to continue through late Tuesday or early Wednesday for most of the affected customers.