CONSUMERS ENERGY CREWS WORK TO RESTORE POWER 10:30 P.M. UPDATE
Flint, Mich. Monday, June 17, 2013
Several lines of strong thunderstorms which brought high winds and lightning in eastern Michigan late Monday afternoon have caused a significant number of power outage across the region.
Statewide, more than 39,200 Consumers Energy electric customers are without service, primarily in the Flint, Saginaw and Midland areas. Since Monday afternoon, more than 45,000 customers have been affected by weather related outages.
“We had people and equipment in place in anticipation of these storms and are working hard to safely to restore electric service,” said Garrick Rochow, the utility’s vice president of energy delivery. “The line of storms Monday evening caused additional outages in areas hit earlier, so we appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to survey the damage. We will be working through the night to assess damage, make areas with downed wires safe and restore power.”
As of 10:30 p.m. Monday, areas most affected by electric interruptions were: Allegan (4,120); Genesee (25,480); Kent (826); Midland (2,440) and Saginaw (6,300). Updated outage information is available at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap.
A majority of customers who have been without electric service since late this afternoon should have their power restored by 11 p.m. Tuesday. Customers in the hardest hit areas, including portions of Genesee County, may not receive electric service until 11 p.m. Wednesday. Estimates will be updated as assessment and repairs continue. Additional storm activity may prolong restoration times.
Consumers Energy cautions residents to stay at least 25 feet away from any downed wires and to report them immediately by calling 1-800-477-5050 or their local law enforcement agency. The utility also reminds customers to be alert to utility crews working along roads and urges drivers to take extra precautions in those situations. In particular, drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past utility workers and equipment on roadsides.
Customers who call Consumers Energy to report a power outage are encouraged to use the utility’s automated reporting option, available at 1-800-477-5050. The service provides restoration information for each substation and circuit, and can be used to report an outage. Outages can also be reported and restoration information obtained via Consumers Energy’s online outage map, at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap. The outage map may be accessed by both computers and mobile devices.
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.
Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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The next storm update will be at approximately 4:30 a.m.