GENERIC: Power outage

Strong winds overnight and icy weather over the week have led to thousands of power outages in Mid-Michigan.

Consumers Energy reported the following outages in Mid-Michigan as of 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9:

  • Bay County: 23 customers

This has caused multiple intersections to go dark, so drive cautiously.

DTE reported several hundred outages in the Thumb.

Thumb Electric reported less than two dozen outages between Huron County and Tuscola County.

The Michigan State Police Tri-City Post was among a cluster of outages in Saginaw, Bay and Gratiot County on Thursday.

Consumers Energy called in 53 crews from Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee, with 179 more crews set to arrive Friday.

Consumers Energy has these tips for customers who lose power:

  • Call 2-1-1 if you are looking for help connecting to temporary shelter or other resources that offer assistance in your community. 2-1-1 is a free statewide service.
  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement, enclosed patio or near any air intakes. Doing so could cause a generator to produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas.
  • Be alert to utility crews working along roads. Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past workers on roadsides.
  • Consumers Energy will trim or remove trees interfering with electric restoration activities. Once safe to do so, clean-up of debris from tree trimming or removal during a storm emergency is the responsibility of individual property owners.
  • In some cases, the mast which holds the electric service wires to a customer’s home or business may have been damaged or torn away. Crews will reconnect the wires to a home, but only a licensed electrician can repair or replace a mast or a cable.

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