Since noon Sunday, more than 334,000 homes and businesses, or more than 18 percent of Consumers Energy’s customers, have been affected. As of 4:30 a.m. Thursday, 14,400 customers remain without power.
Most customers should have their power restored by late tonight. Harder hit areas, including portions of Genesee, Allegan, Barry and Kalamazoo counties, should have power restored by late Friday.
The 1,800 field workers from Consumers Energy and eight other states, as far away as Oklahoma, are part of more than 2,600 office and field personnel dedicated to the storm restoration effort. In terms of customer outages, this is Consumers Energy’s largest storm in more than five years. In June 2008, storms interrupted power to nearly 380,000 customers.
For Your Safety
- 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.
- Watch for crews working along roads. Slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so you safely can go past workers and equipment on roadsides.
- Hunters are encouraged to use extreme caution while in wooded areas, to be aware of any possible downed wires.
- Never heat homes by unsafe methods such as gas ovens and outdoor grills.
- If using a generator, contact a licensed electrician to ensure that it is properly connected and 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, and never fuel a generator when it is running. An improperly vented generator can create deadly carbon monoxide, an odorless colorless gas, within a dwelling.