Latest: Power companies report ‘steady progress’ overnight
Both Consumers Energy and Great Lakes Energy reported steady progress on restoring power overnight from the strong storms that struck the area.
Great Lakes Energy reported that as of 4:15 a.m., there were 24,935 customers without power in all of the counties it served. It noted that Mason, Oceana and Lake were among the hardest hit with Kalkaska and Newaygo counties.
“The severity of the damage over a widespread area caused by the intense storms is slowing efforts as large trees and debris and broken poles must be removed in many areas,” Great Lakes Energy stated in a press release. “Restoration updates will take place throughout the day, but if power is not restored by 10 p.m., GLE members should make alternative plans for the evening if necessary.”
Consumers Energy stated at about 4:50 a.m. that 53,000 of its customers were still without power. The weather is finally cooperating.
“The cooler, less humid conditions are helpful to the men and women working up to 16 hours per shift to get the lights back on,” said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy vice president of electric grid integration. “We know it’s been a challenging few days for our customers and we appreciate their patience.”
Consumers Energy crews, joined by workers from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee energy providers, are working on power restoration. From lineworkers to damage assessors, call center representatives and others, more than 2,000 Consumers Energy employees and contractors are engaged in the restoration effort.