A strong winter storm began Thursday with snow and freezing rain and high winds are in the forecast into Friday.
Close to a quarter inch of freezing rain fell in Northern and Northeast Michigan during the daytime Thursday, also heavy rain fell in Southern Michigan and a cold front moved from west to east across the state. Winds have been in excess of 40 mph. High winds are expected to spread across the state and continue through Friday afternoon before subsiding. Colder temperatures are forecast Friday through the weekend.
Consumers Energy is monitoring the weather and is preparing for possible power outages. Local service centers are staffed and additional company and contractor crews are on standby to quickly respond to any power outages and downed power lines caused by the expected stormy weather.
Mary Palkovich, vice president of energy delivery for the utility, says "We are keeping a close eye on the weather, making our preparations and will be ready for what Mother Nature brings us. While we do not anticipate this weather event to be the magnitude of the recent December ice storm, we're committed to doing everything we can to deliver safe, reliable energy service to our customers when severe weather hits."
Some important tips to help prepare for a storm include:
Charge electronic devices such as cell phones and laptop and tablet computers, and have fresh batteries available for items such as flashlights and weather radios.
Have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food available, and don't forget a first aid kit or any prescription medication if needed.
During and after a storm, people are advised to stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is "live" and dangerous. Residents are also reminded to not touch anything a power line may be touching, including trees, fences, other debris and puddles.
Report any downed wires by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050.
Customers can report an outage, get outage information, including updated estimated restoration times, all on a detailed map available at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap. The map is accessible via both desktop computer and mobile devices.
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Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:57:07 GMT
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