Tuesday's good weather and additional crews from across Michigan, Indiana and Ohio have resulted in steady progress in restoring electrical service to thousands of Consumers Energy customers in eastern Michigan.
Statewide, more than 13,000 Consumers Energy electric customers are without service, primarily in the Flint, Saginaw and Midland areas.
Since Monday afternoon, approximately 40,000 customers have been affected by weather related outages caused by several lines of strong thunderstorms.
"Monday's rough weather has given way to great summertime conditions, which certainly helps our restoration efforts," said Garrick Rochow, utility's vice president of energy delivery. "The work of additional Consumers Energy, contractor and out-of-state crews also is paying dividends."
As of 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, areas most affected by electric interruptions were: Genesee (11,135); Midland (1,660) and Saginaw (180). Updated outage information is available at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap.
A majority of customers who have been without electric service since late this afternoon should have their power restored by 11 p.m. Tuesday night.
Customers in the hardest hit areas, including portions of Genesee County, may not receive electric service until 4 p.m. Wednesday. Estimates will be updated as assessment and repairs continue.
Consumers Energy cautions residents to stay at least 25 feet away from any downed wires and to report them immediately by calling 1-800-477-5050 or their local law enforcement agency.
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Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:11:15 GMT
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