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December 22, 2012

Winter storm: Thousands remain without power around region

Fallen trees, downed power lines pose obstacles

TRAVERSE CITY — Thousands of area households and businesses remain without power in the wake of a violent winter storm.

By late this morning, Consumers Energy reported the following numbers of northern Michigan customers without power:

Antrim (504); Benzie (3,408); Charlevoix (946); Cheboygan (250); Crawford (789); Emmet (430); Grand Traverse (857); Leelanau (4,888); Manistee (3,629); Missaukee (317); Otsego (888); and Wexford (1,288).

Updated outage and power restoration information is available online at The outage map may be accessed by both computers and mobile devices and can also be used to report an outage.

Great Lakes Energy also reported outages throughout northern Michigan, with about 2,500 in Crawford County, around 1,000 in Charlevoix County, about 1,200 in Antrim County, about 3,000 in Otsego Count and about 1,300 in Kalkaska County.

Consumers said more than 1,800 employees and contract employees are working on power restoration, including outstate crews.

Most customers, Consumers said, will see power restored tonight by midnight, though some may not have power restored until late Sunday or Monday.

Great Lakes Energy said restoration efforts will continue through the weekend.

"Due to the severity of the damage, electricity will not be restored to all of the 15,000 members today," said a Great Lakes Energy press release. "Heavy, wet snow is making access to the many locations with downed power lines difficult.  Crews often have to cut and remove fallen trees and limbs first before they can make the repairs."

Great Lakes Energy said most of its outages are located in a large swath north of U.S. 10 to the Mackinac Straits along the west side of the lower peninsula.

"Crews will continue to work until late tonight and will be back early tomorrow morning as restoration efforts continue despite the harsh conditions," the statement said. "At this time, it is predicted that it may take several days to restore power to all GLE members."

Cherryland Electric Cooperative's Nick Edson reported that as of 1 p.m. today, about 2,000 customers remained without power.

"We should have just about everyone's power restored today," Edson said, "with a few individual outages left tomorrow."



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