Consumers Energy updates power outage numbers, timeline
JACKSON, MICH (WPBN/WGTU) – Power restoration work will continue throughout the night as Consumers Energy responds to the high winds that blew across Lower Michigan in the last 24 hours, knocking out power to nearly 110,000 customers.
“We’ll safely work around the clock until every customer is restored from this storm,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy’s vice president of electric operations. “Meanwhile, with temperatures turning colder, we suggest that residents check on the well-being of elderly neighbors or family members who may be affected by the storm.”
As of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, approximately 28,000 customers remained without power. Many of the customers are in northern and northeastern Michigan which was most affected by the winds which exceeded 50 mph at times. Slowly subsiding wind speeds overnight will assist in restoration efforts and reduce the possibility of additional power outages.
More than 1,200 employees and contract workers are involved in safely restoring customers’ power. Consumers Energy estimates all affected customers will be restored by 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
To view specific counties and regions most affected by electric interruptions, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/OutageMap.
The public’s safety is paramount as restoration work continues. Consumers Energy reminds everyone:
• Stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines. Call 9-1-1 and Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050 to report downed wires.
• Operating a generator may produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas. Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement or near any air intakes, and never fuel a generator when it is running.
• Be alert to crews working along roads and “slow down and go around.” Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear then safely pass workers on roadsides.
• Customers can sign up to get outage alerts and restoration times sent to a phone, email or text message, Text ‘REG' to 232273 or visit: www.ConsumersEnergy.com/alerts. Customers can also report an outage, check the status of an outage and get useful tips what to do before, during and after a storm by visiting www.ConsumersEnergy.com/OutageCenter.
• Because temperatures are dropping, we ask our customers to reach out to family, friends and neighbors who may be impacted by this storm and make sure they are safe.