Power outage update for Tuesday

Downed power lines sag under the weight of ice and snow.

The number of homes and businesses without electricity are dwindling, but those impacted most by the storm could be facing a few more days without power.

Consumers Energy:
As of Tuesday at 6 pm, approximately 7,600 Consumers Energy electric customers are without service due to the winter storm that began on Friday afternoon. Since that time, more than 178,000 customers have been affected by weather related outages.

The approximate numbers of Consumers Energy electric customers remaining without service in the following counties are as follows: Antrim (500); Benzie (1,800); Charlevoix (90); Grand Traverse (790); Kalkaska (125); Leelanau (2,600); Manistee (400); Missaukee (60); Osceola (60); Oscoda (560); Roscommon (70) and Wexford (400).

"We sincerely appreciate the patience of our customers during this winter storm event as we work to restore electric service in a safe and timely manner," said Garrick Rochow, vice president of energy delivery for the utility. "The destructive nature of this storm has challenged our crews as we continue to restore and rebuild our facilities."

Approximately 340 utility, line clearing and contract crews, including additional crews from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania, will continue to work to restore power.

The majority of customers north of U.S. 10 are expected to be restored today. Some customers in the hardest-hit counties, including Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Manistee, may not receive electric service until Wednesday. Estimates will be updated as assessment and repairs continue.

In some cases, the mast which holds the electric service wires to your home or business may have been damaged or torn away from the home. Utility crews will reconnect the wires to your home, but only a licensed electrician can repair or replace a mast or a cable. Consumers Energy will trim or remove trees interfering with electric restoration activities. Clean up of debris from tree trimming or removal during a storm emergency is the responsibility of individual property owners.

Cherryland Electric:

As of Tuesday morning, Cherryland Electric reports 7,443 members without service.

Utility crews say it is very slow going with the deep snow and the amount of trees down. Crews are working on lines that restore the largest amount of members at a time.

Great Lakes Energy:
As of Tuesday at 11am, an estimated 10,347 Great Lakes Energy members remain without power late this morning after massive power line damage due to the storm that brought wet, heavy snow. Power has already been restored to an estimated 47,366 members since the storm hit Friday night.

Line crews are currently working to restore power in 18 of the 26 counties served by Great Lakes Energy. Most of the remaining outages are in parts of Antrim, Charlevoix, Crawford, Emmet, Kalkaska, Lake, Oscoda and Otsego counties.

GLE crews who finished restoring power in parts of the cooperative's central and southern areas have joined other crews today in a concentrated effort to get remaining members back on as quickly as possible. They are being joined by 17 line crews from other utilities in the state and private contractors. In addition, 25 contracted tree-trimming crews are assisting in GLE's restoration efforts.

Crews will attempt to get as many members back on today as possible. The concern is that forecasts for warmer and breezier weather may cause additional outages as the heavy snow melts off the trees and power lines.

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

by clicking on Storm Central.

Presque Isle Electric & Gas:

Latest data predicts an estimated 18,290 power outages occurred across Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op's service area after more than a foot of heavy snow fell Friday night into Saturday. 5,059 customers remain without power.

The snow load has now frozen onto trees, leaving them broken or sagging over roads and onto power lines.Crews worked in below zero temperatures Monday cutting and removing trees to access damaged lines. At least 5 broken poles were located and crews expect to find more as work continues.

Because of the extensive damage across the region and Mother Nature slowing progress, PIE&G is advising members to prepare for these outages to extend late into the week, possibly Friday. PIE&G appreciates member patience and understanding

Traverse City Light & Power:

As of Tuesday morning, all known Traverse City Light and Power customers dealing with an outage are connected to power once gain.

Early Saturday morning, during the peak of the storm, about 8,000 of L&P's 11,500 customers experienced outages.