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Thousands of people still without electricity after damaging weekend winds


SAGINAW, Mich. (WNEM) – Thousands of people remain without power after strong winds blew through mid-Michigan.

Many schools in the TV5 viewing area were closed today because there was no electricity. You can find closed schools here.

Over the weekend, some gusts of wind gusted more than 65 mph.

Consumers Energy announced Monday morning that crews had restored power to 70% of customers affected by the storm, and with favorable weather, they expect recovery efforts to continue.

“We made good progress overnight and have the lights back on for approximately 93,000 customers impacted by severe weather,” said Scott McIntosh, one of Consumers Energy’s hurricane event staff. harsh this weekend. “We know how frustrating a power outage can be, but our customers should know that our team is committed to getting the job done as quickly and safely as possible. We greatly appreciate the patience and continuous cooperation of our customers. “

More than 140,000 Consumers Energy customers have been affected by extreme weather.

Customers can report a power outage or check the status of a power outage by visiting here link,.

Consumers are advised to stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines and away from children and pets.

Some other safety tips include:

  • Beware of teams working along roads. Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they can safely pass workers on the road.
  • Call 2-1-1 if you are looking for help connecting with support resources in your community. 2-1-1 is a statewide free service.
  • Never use the generator in an attached garage, basement, enclosed yard, or near any air inlets. Doing so can cause the generator to produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless, and deadly gas. Read more instructions for safe use of generators here.
  • Energy consumers will prune or remove trees that interfere with power restoration. When it is safe to do so, removing debris from pruning or tree removal in the event of a hurricane emergency is the responsibility of each property owner.
  • In some cases, the mast that holds the electrical wires to a home or business may have been damaged or torn. Crews will reconnect electrical wiring to the home, but only licensed electricians can repair or replace masts or cables.

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