Consumers: Most customers will have service restored by Saturday
Approximately 55 in Ogemaw County still without power Friday
• Stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines and call 911 and Consumers Energy at 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 can safely go past workers on roadsides.
• Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement or near any air intakes, and never fuel a generator when it’s running. Operating a generator without proper ventilation can create carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas. If using a generator, contact a licensed electrician to ensure that it is properly connected and make certain it is isolated form the company’s electric distribution system.
• In some cases, the mast that 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 a mast or a cable.
WEST BRANCH — Most Consumers Energy customers who lost power due to this week’s high winds should have power restored by Saturday according to a press release issued by the company Friday morning.
As of 4 a.m., approximately 100,000 customers remained without power across the state. In Ogemaw County, only around 55 were without power Friday.
“The sheer devastation this storm brought to our state makes this a multi-day restoration effort, and our crews will be working day and night so that all customers have service again,” Vice President of Electric Operations Guy Packard said in the release. “Until that is accomplished, we encourage customers to look out for family, friends and neighbors who are currently without power, particularly the elderly or infirmed. Those who need a warming shelter or other assistance should call 211 to be connected to services.”
Consumers said previously that more than 300,000 customers lost power due to two days of high winds that reached as much as 60 mph. Close to 8,200 electric wires were taken down by the winds, breaking more than 1,100 poles.
Consumers customers can get outage alerts and restoration times sent by phone, email or text message. Text “REG” to 232273 or visit www.consumersenergy.com/alerts.