Work to restore power in the area continues
Improving weather conditions assisted Consumers Energy in restoring more than 300,000 customers left without power during two days of high winds across Michigan.
As of 4 a.m. Thursday, 187,000 customers were still without power after winds in excess of 60 mph blew through the state. Since Tuesday afternoon, 300,000 customers have been affected in the high winds that took down 7,000 wires and broke more than 1,000 poles.
Because of the storm’s duration and statewide impact, some customers in the worst impacted areas may not have power restored until Sunday.
“We have been working through the night and making steady progress,” said Guy Packard, vice president of energy operations. “The lighter winds make for improved working conditions for our crews. We appreciate their commitment to safety and our customers’ continued patience.”
From lineworkers to damage assessors, wire guards and customer service representatives, more than 2,000 people are engaged in the storm restoration effort. An additional 130 workers have arrived from utilities in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana to assist the crews in Michigan.