High wind warning for Mid-Michigan

High wind warning for Mid-Michigan

High wind warning for Mid-Michigan

Service also was knocked out to about 9,000 homes and businesses in the Paw Paw area in southwestern Michigan, according to Indiana Michigan Power.

Consumers said some customers in the most affected areas might not have power restored until Sunday, and DTE officials say they expect to have 90 percent of customers' power restored by that day.

Beres said the situation is "fluid" and that it's unknown when power will be restored. "Utility companies have been spending much of the afternoon just trying to get a handle on how many lines are down and how best to restore power as quickly as possible". Some 200,000 residents remained without power early Thursday.

Crews are working 16-hour shifts. "We are still receiving new outages and new reports of trouble".

The cause of the extensive problems was the wet ground after the unusually mild winter and excessive rains.

The utility said the winds took down 7,900 wires and broke more than 1,000 poles. "

"If a light is inoperative, please treat these intersections as a 4-way stop and use caution."
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He says the outages this week are the worst Consumer's Energy has seen since 2013.

"We're having the most severe high wind event I can remember in my 50 years in MI today, with sustained winds of 40-plus miles per hour at multiple locations, and some gusts over 60 miles per hour", said Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for wunderground.com.

Parts of the roads in the city was closed because power line was blown to roadways and the city's maintenance team couldn't clear them out.

Both Poppe and Norcia said line crews from throughout the Midwest are assisting with the power restoration effort. Customers can also call DTE at 800-477-4747 to report power outages or downed lines.

Snyder said local organizations are working to make warming centers available as needed for communities that were hit hard by the storm. Customers should stay at least 20 feet away from all power lines and anything they may contact, and consider them live.

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