December 12, 2017

Strong winds leave nearly one-third of county in the dark

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OGEMAW COUNTY — Strong sustained winds and stronger gusts knocked out power to nearly one-third of Ogemaw County early Dec. 5.

The power outages resulted in the closure of Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools and the Kirtland Community College's Roscommon campus Dec. 5.

“Gale force wind gusts will continue through tonight across all of the northern Michigan nearshore waters,” the National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Outlook report read. “A few gusts may reach storm force over far northern Lake Michigan this morning.”

According to the NWS, the area has experienced 24 mph sustained winds with gusts exceeding 30 mph.

These high winds resulted in 5,448 of 17,137 Consumers Energy customers in Ogemaw County being in the dark, according to the company’s website.

“We have boots on the ground, fighting back against Michigan’s worst,” Consumers Energy said on its outage map. “We’ve weathered these storms before and our crews are fully prepared to restore power as quickly as possible. Visit the outage center to report an outage, receive estimated restoration times and safety tips.”

Most outage areas in Ogemaw County have an estimated time of restoration for 9 a.m. Dec. 5 or sooner. However, with the NWS reporting that strong winds will continue throughout the day and Consumers facing more than 1,100 outages in the state as of 7:30 a.m. Dec. 5, that information likely will be updated.

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