Approximately 140,000 Consumers Energy customers lost power from last weekend’s strong winds.
Consumers Energy crews restored power to more than 132,000 customers as of 10 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7 and worked through the night with the expectation of restoring the majority of remaining customers Tuesday. Extreme weather and high wind gusts over 65 mph swept through the state over the weekend, knocking down more than 2,000 powerlines.
“A number of remaining outages are in some of our rural regions in northeast Michigan and they’re more dispersed, which can mean some outages will take longer to fix,” said Roger Curtis, one of Consumers Energy’s Officers in Charge for the event. “But with favorable weather today, we are confident a large majority of customers will be restored by tomorrow. Our teams will continue to work as quickly and as safely as possible to get the light on for all of our customers.”
A total of about 140,000 customers were affected by the damaging weather that featured wind gusts over 65 mph and took down nearly 2,000 wires.
Area fire departments, including Argentine Township, Fenton Township, Fenton City, North Oakland County Fire Authority, Holly Village and Springfield Township responded to numerous reports of down wires, trees that had fallen either taking power lines down with them or blocking roads.
With midterm elections taking place Tuesday, Consumers Energy worked to ensure residents in its service territory, whose polling precincts were impacted by the extreme weather, have the chance to vote in person. The energy provider worked with the Secretary of State’s office and local clerks to identify polling locations in its service territory affected by the storm.
When strong winds occur and power is lost, customers can report an outage and check the status of outage by visiting ConsumersEnergy.com/OutageCenter. They can also sign up to get outage alerts and restoration times sent to a phone, email or text message, Text ‘REG’ to 232273 or visit ConsumersEnergy.com/alerts.
Consumers Energy urges people to keep safety a top priority and stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines, keep children and/or pets away, and report the issue by calling 9-1-1 and Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050. Consumers Energy asks the public to keep a safe distance from crews.
Consumers Energy also asks the public to keep important safety tips in mind:
• 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.
• Call 2-1-1 if you are looking for help connecting to resources that offer assistance in your community. 2-1-1 is a free statewide service.
• Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement, enclosed patio or near any air intakes. Doing so could cause a generator to produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas.
• Consumers Energy will trim or remove trees interfering with electric restoration activities. Once safe to do so, clean-up of debris from tree trimming or removal during a storm emergency is the responsibility of individual property owners.
• In some cases, the mast that holds the electric service wires to a 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.