Ice Storm Results in Thousands of Power Outages Across Michigan

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Freezing rain and ice can cause tree limbs to break and power lines to snap.

A winter storm that brought freezing rain across much of southern Lower Michigan has left thousands of Consumers Energy customers without power.

Statewide, more than 155,000 Consumers Energy electric customers are without service. Since noon Saturday, more than 175,000 customers have been affected by weather-related outages.

As of 9:15 a.m. Sunday, areas most affected by electric interruptions were: Barry (14,415); Clinton (10,353); Eaton (9,446); Genesee (39,652); Ingham (12,607); Kent (21,958); and Shiawassee (13,137).  Updated outage information is available at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap.

With freezing rain persisting Sunday morning in portions of the state, assessment was continuing to determine estimated restoration times for customers. A significant number of customers who have been without electric service since midday Saturday may be without power for several days.  Estimates will be updated as assessment and repairs continue. Additional storm activity may prolong restoration times.

Staying safe after a storm:

  • 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.
  • Be alert to utility crews working along roads and take extra precautions in those situations. 
  • Customers who lose electricity for an extended period of time may want to investigate if public shelters are available. In most counties, residents can dial 2-1-1 to receive shelter information or to request assistance.
  • If using a generator, contact a licensed electrician to ensure that it is properly connected and, for the safety of our line workers, 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.

Reporting an outage and getting updates:

Consumers Energy customers can report a power outage and get restoration updates via the online outage map at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap or by calling 1-800-477-5050. The outage map may be accessed by both computers and mobile devices.

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  1. In Mason been all over south of town where power is out. No sign of Consumers Energy trucks in the area. Somewhat confusing since several businesses are down.

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  2. Outage map not functioning well and 5050 number diverting to a voice mail that disconnects after running. I’m in Barry county and my location is still without power but the CE online says we have power. Trying to figure out who I confirm with to ensure our neighborhood is on the list to be checked.

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