Restoration work continues after severe thunderstorms with frequent lightning and winds in excess of 60 mph caused more than 70,000 customer outages across Consumers Energy’s service territory. As of 11 a.m. Tuesday about 60,600 customers remained without service.
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Most customers without power since Monday night should be restored by late tonight or early Wednesday. In the Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Bronson and Jackson areas, among the hardest hit by the storms, some customers may not have their power restored until late Wednesday.
Ongoing damage assessment, as well as expected windy conditions, may affect estimated restoration times.
As of 10:45 a.m., counties most affected by electric interruptions were: Branch (1,830); Calhoun (26,000); Genesee (1,802); Hillsdale (3,751); Ingham (657); Jackson (11,189); Kalamazoo (6,778); Livingston (1,315); St. Joseph (5,353); VanBuren (405) and Washtenaw (350).
More than 1,300 Consumers Energy and contract personnel, from damage assessors, tree crews, call center representatives to line workers, are dedicated to the storm restoration effort.
You can get updated restoration information at our online outage map, where outages can also be reported and power outage information is available. The online map may be accessed by both computers and mobile devices. You also may report a power outage by calling 1-800-477-5050.
4 Tips to Stay Safe during Power Restoration
- Stay at least 25 feet away from any downed wires and to report them immediately by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050.
- Be alert to crews working along roads. Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past workers on roadsides.
- 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 company’s electric distribution system. Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement or near any air intakes, and never fuel a generator when it is running.
- In some cases, the mast which holds the electric service wires to a customer’s home or business may have been damaged or torn away. Crews will reconnect the wires to a home, but only a licensed electrician can repair or replace a mast or a cable.