About 11,000 Consumers Energy electric customers in Michigan are without service due to the winter storm that began on Friday afternoon. Since that time, more than 178,000 customers have been affected by weather related outages.
The approximate numbers of Consumers Energy electric customers remaining without service in the following counties are as follows: Antrim (720); Benzie (2,300); Charlevoix (90); Grand Traverse (1,200); Kalkaska (260); Leelanau (3,100); Manistee (1,400); Missaukee (100); Osceola (60); Oscoda (570); Roscommon (70) and Wexford (600).
“We want to thank our customers for their patience as we work to restore electric service in northern Michigan. This winter storm was very damaging to our system and the heavy snow from the storm created challenging conditions for our crews. We are making good progress to restore electric service to customers and will continue these efforts until service has been restored to all customers in a safe and timely manner," said Garrick Rochow, vice president of energy delivery for the utility.
The utility is working cooperatively with a number of agencies such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army that have opened shelters in northern Michigan counties.
Approximately 340 utility, line clearing and contract crews, including additional crews from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania, will continue to work to restore power. The majority of customers are expected to be restored today. Some customers in the hardest-hit counties, including Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Manistee, may not receive electric service until Wednesday. Estimates will be updated as assessment and repairs continue.
Consumers Energy will trim or remove trees interfering with electric restoration activities. Clean up of debris from tree trimming or removal during a storm emergency is the responsibility of individual property owners.