UPDATE NOON FRIDAY: Power has been restored to approximately 2,200 homes and businesses. Cloverland Electric is continuing to clean up storm damage and continue to restore power as quickly as possible. Cloverland Electric says that the outage reporting phone number has been busy and encouraging members to keep trying.
UPDATE 8:20 AM FRIDAY: Cloverland Electric says that about 500 customers are still without power. Overnight on Thursday, 15,000 were without power after substations went down.
UPDATE 11:20 PM: Cloverland Electric Cooperative reports that the majority of the power outages across the EUP have been restored. Some scattered outages still exist where trees have damaged distribution lines. Crews will continue to work through the night. If a member is still without power, please call 1.800.562.4953.
UPDATE AS OF 8:34 PM: According to Cloverland Electric: "Transmission company crews have located a tree across the line and a broken cross arm. We understand it will take approximately two hours to get equipment in the area to start repairs. Six substations are still down affecting the general Sault area."
Cloverland Electric Cooperative estimates that there are more than 15,500 homes and businesses in the eastern Upper Peninsula without power.
According to Cloverland, around 4:00 p.m. Thursday, strong winds and thunderstorms toppled a tree and struck an ATC transmission line.
The strong winds also knocked down trees across Cloverland's distribution lines.
Cloverland crews are standing by to remove trees and repair the distribution lines as soon as the main transmission line is repaired.
It is not known how long the power will be out.