Strong Overnight Storms Lead To Power Outages 9-22-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Strong Overnight Storms Lead To Power Outages 9-22-2010

Thousands of utility customers throughout Mid-Michigan remain without power after high winds and severe weather pushed through the area overnight.
The storms moved across the state into Wednesday morning and packed winds of up to 70 mph on Tuesday night.
CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy subsidiary says Wednesday afternoon that about 44,000 of its customers were still without power, down from the 112,000 customers that were originally affected by weather related outages.
Locally, Genesee County was the hardest hit area with almost 5,500 customers without power as of 4 p.m,. Saginaw County has 475 offline and 350 customers in Bay County remain in the dark.
Other CMS customers remaining without service include: 7,860 in Allegan County, 370 in Clare County, 650 in Gratiot County and 640 in Midland County. A downed power line was blamed for a fire in Midland County's Larkin Township.
Utility, line clearing and contract crews will continue to restore power throughout the day.
A majority of customers without electric service are expected to be restored by late Thursday night.
Customers in the hardest-hit counties, including Allegan, Genesee, Kent and Montcalm, may not receive electric service until Friday.
Additional storm activity may extend restoration times. Estimates will be updated as assessment and repairs continue, officials said.
DTE Energy Co. says about 12,000 of its customers were without power Wednesday, including about 2,000 in Lapeer County, 1,000 in Tuscola and 300 in Huron and Sanilac counties.
There is no estimated time for restoration in those areas.


WNEM TV5 meteorologist Mike Cameron said the next chance of any severe weather is Thursday morning.
Here is a look at your latest First Warn 5 Forecast:
Today: Isolated showers before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming northeast between 7 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely after midnight. Increasing clouds, with a low around 57. East southeast wind between 6 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Southeast wind 8 to 18 mph becoming southwest. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.
Thursday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Increasing clouds, with a low around 70. South southwest wind between 9 and 14 mph.
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