More than 100 contractors from as far away as Kentucky are arriving in Michigan today to assist Consumers Energy with restoring power after a catastrophic storm knocked out electrical service to more than 270,000 of the utility’s customers.
Not only was this severe storm long lasting, but it also covered the entire Lower Peninsula, creating logistical challenges. We are working night and day to get power restored through challenging field conditions, and we appreciate our customers’ patience. Storm photos on Facebook.
Please stay at least 25 feet away from any downed wires and report them immediately by calling 1-800-477-5050 or your local law enforcement agency.
Statewide, more than 230,500 Consumers Energy electric customers are without service as of 10:45 a.m. Monday from Sunday and Monday’s storms which included winds topping 60 mph. Since noon Sunday, nearly 27-0,000 customers have been impacted by the storm.
As of 11 a.m., counties most affected by electric interruptions were: Allegan (8,907), Barry (9,955), Calhoun (10,041), Clare (10,455), Genesee (17,637), Ingham (8,882), Jackson (12,913), Kalamazoo (15,931), Kent (30,268), Midland (11,360) and Shiawassee (9,269).
Report outages and get restoration updates by calling (800) 477-5050 or using a computer or mobile device to visit http://www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap. If looking for a shelter, call 2-1-1.
- With many schools canceled today, parents are reminded that they should be aware of possible downed power lines in the area before allowing children to play outdoors.
- With the Michigan firearm deer season underway, hunters are encouraged to use extreme caution while in wooded areas, to be aware of any possible downed wires.
- If using a generator, contact a licensed electrician to ensure that it is properly connected and, for the safety of our lineworkers, make certain it is isolated from the utility’s electric distribution system. Never use a generator in an enclosed area or near any air intakes to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, and never fuel a generator when it is running.
Get more storm and power outage information at our newly updated online outage center.