Power outage update for Thursday

Power outages continue into the sixth day across many northern Michigan counties. Here is the most recent numbers from several electric companies.

Cherryland Electric
As of 11am Thursday, Cherryland Electric reports making major strides with 170 people out in the field to help restore power.

Here is the latest on what's been restored so far this morning: Interlochen area: (IT3) Lamerson, St. John's, Betsie River Rd. and Betsie Highland Rd. and Wagon Wheel. (IT4) Cedar Trail, Wildwood and Mud Lake.Timberlee (TL4): Waterside.

Bates area (BA3): Back on Tiffany Rd. and part of M-72. Potter (PO3): Part of River Rd.

Great Lakes Energy
An estimated 1,033 Great Lakes Energy members remain without power due to the storm that brought wet, heavy snow and created massive power line damage. Power has already been restored to an estimated 61,127 members since the storm hit Friday night.

Most of the outages are in parts of Antrim (223 out), Crawford (285), Kalkaska (111), and Oscoda (234) counties. In addition, other outages that occurred in the last 24 hours have left an estimated 229 members in Mason, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola counties without power. Crews are working to restore service in those areas, too.

The cooperative has retained 50 line and tree-trimming crews who continue to assist all available Great Lakes Energy line crews in restoration efforts. The 50 crews include teams from other utilities in the state and private contractors.With the additional crews, GLE officials hope to get remaining members back on today if possible.

The time it takes linemen to restore power to any given area is based on the number of other outage locations they must visit, the number of members affected at the other locations and accessibility to these trouble areas. Damages to the transmission lines, substations and trunk lines connected to the substations affect the greatest number of GLE members so repairs are made to this part of the system first. Smaller line sections or taps that serve fewer numbers of members are repaired next followed by individual outages that typically involve only a handful of members at any one location. This restoration strategy allows GLE to restore power to the greatest number of members in the shortest time possible.

Current outage information by counties and townships that is updated every 15 minutes can be viewed on the Great Lakes Energy website and clicking on Storm Central.