GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Consumers Energy says its working around the clock to restore power to the less than 100,000 customers who are still in the dark after Wednesday's storms.
The company says it hopes to have power restored to most customers by the end of day Friday but it may be until the weekend in hardest hit areas like Branch, Calhoun and Kent counties.
As of Friday morning, 98,000 customers were without power.
The storms left more than 145,000 customers without power after 70 mph winds took down trees and thousands of wires. Consumers says about 300 power poles were broken.
The company says more than 1,500 Consumers Energy employees and in-state contractors are working to get power restored.
Always assume a downed wire is live and stay 25 feet away. Make sure to report downed lines to 911 or by calling Consumers.