Utility Crews Working To Restore Power After Weekend Windstorm

 Improved weather conditions Monday have allowed crews to restore more than 70,000 Consumers Energy customers affected by Sunday’s windstorm and its 50 mph gusts that tore through Lower Michigan.

As of 4:45 p.m. Monday, approximately 13,000 customers remained without power. The majority of the customers are expected to be restored by midnight tonight. Customers in areas with greater damage should have their power restored by 12 noon Tuesday. More than 85,000 Consumers Energy customers lost power since Sunday morning from the prolonged storm.

“Today’s improved weather has greatly aided our restoration efforts, but we’ll continue working around the clock until each customer is restored,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy vice president of electric operations. “We are asking everyone to keep safety a top concern and to be aware that wires brought down by high winds could still pose a danger, especially in rural areas frequented by deer hunters.”

 Consumers Energy expects storm restoration work will continue through mid-Tuesday.