Consumers Energy Preparing for Icy Weather, Power Outages in Lower Michigan

SevereWeatherTip1As freezing rain and gusty winds blow across Lower Michigan on Thursday and Friday, Consumers Energy is preparing for power outages and sharing tips to help you prepare before, during and after storms strike.

Current weather forecasts call for up to two-tenths of an inch of freezing rain beginning early Thursday morning across much of Lower Michigan, from the Grand Rapids/Lansing area north to U.S. 10.

By early afternoon, temperatures are forecast to rise above freezing, improving conditions. However, early Friday morning, heavier freezing rain is forecast for the northernmost section of the Lower Peninsula, generally from Grayling north, with one-quarter to one-half inch of freezing rain possible.

Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by late Friday morning. In addition to freezing rain, windy conditions with gusts over 30 mph are expected Thursday and Friday.

Consumers Energy is monitoring the weather and is preparing for possible power outages. Local service centers are staffed and additional company and contractor crews are on standby to quickly respond to any power outages and downed power lines caused by the expected stormy weather.

Some important tips to help you prepare for a storm include:

  • Charge electronic devices such as cell phones, laptop and tablet computers, and have fresh batteries available for items such as flashlights and weather radios. 
  • Have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food available, and don’t forget a first aid kit or any prescription medication if needed.  
  • During and after a storm, people are advised to stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is “live” and dangerous. Do not touch anything a power line may be touching, including trees, fences, other debris and puddles.
  • Report any downed wires by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050.

Additional storm and power outage information is available at our online outage center, www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outage.