JACKSON, MI (WILX) — Consumers Energy said crews are working across Michigan to restore power to around 50,000 homes and businesses after storms hit across the state after storms hit with other 50 mph winds.
“Our crews will continue working into the night to return power to as many people as possible, as soon as possible,” said Consumers Energy Vice President Greg Salisbury. “We appreciate the patience of our customers as we respond to outages caused by this fast-moving weather.”
As of 10:30 p.m., Consumers Energy reports that more than 49,000 Consumers Energy customers were without power. The company said over 20,000 customers were affected in Kent County, and weather-related power outages have been reported in 30 counties.
The company said crews are working to restore power to the majority of those currently without power by the end of the day Thursday with the rest to be restored Friday.
Consumers Energy said more than 280 downed wires have been attributed to the weather.
Salisbury urged customers and the public to stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines, keep children or pets away and report the issue by calling 911 and Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050.
Consumers Energy said to also keep these safety tips in mind:
• Call 2-1-1 if you are looking for help connecting to temporary shelter or other resources that offer assistance in your community. 2-1-1 is a free statewide service.
• Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement, enclosed patio or near any air intakes. Doing so could cause a generator to produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas.
• Be alert to crews working along roads. Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past workers on roadsides.
• Consumers Energy will trim or remove trees interfering with electric restoration activities. Once safe to do so, clean-up of debris from tree trimming or removal during a storm emergency is the responsibility of individual property owners.
• In some cases, the mast which holds the electric service wires to a customer’s home or business may have been damaged or torn away. Crews will reconnect the wires to a home, but only a licensed electrician can repair or replace a mast or a cable.
Customers can report an outage, check the status of an outage and get tips on what to do after a storm by clicking here.
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