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March 5, 2012

Latest on power outages, shelters

UPDATE 3/9, 8:05 a.m.

A press release from Great Lakes Energy indicatesthat an estimated 557members remained without power as of late yesterday afternoon, most in parts of Crawford (328 out) and Oscoda (119) counties.  GLE officials said they hoped have all members back on line yesterday, although a few scattered individual outages may not have power until today.

Cherryland Electric Cooperative said in an update on its Facebook page that the utility was down to 1,300 members without power at 5:30 p.m. yesterday, down from 4,159 yesterday morning.  Its outage center website, http://outage.cecelec.com is currently not displaying accurate outage totals and no Facebook updaets have been made today.

UPDATE 3/8, 11:55 a.m.

A press release from Great Lakes Energy indicates that an estimated 1,033 members remain without power late this morning. Most of the outages are in parts of Antrim (223 out), Crawford (285), Kalkaska (111), and Oscoda (234) counties.  The cooperative has retained 50 line and tree-trimming crews including teams from other utilities in the state and private contractors. With the additional crews, GLE officials hope to get remaining members back on today if possible.

Cherryland Electric Cooperative's outage center website, http://outage.cecelec.com, indicates that 3,771 members are still without power, down from 4,159 earlier this morning.  The utility continues to update its Facebook page noting areas that have restored power and where crews are currently working. A post to Facebook this morning said they expect a lot of progress to be made today, as they are receiving additional outside assistance.

UPDATE 3/8, 8:10 a.m.

Cherryland Electric Cooperative's outage center website, http://outage.cecelec.com, indicates that 4,159 members are still without power this morning, down from 6,126 yesterday morning.  The utility expects a lot of progress to be made today, a post to its Facebook page says, as they are receiving additional outside assistance.

Great Lakes Energy listed about 3,000 members out as of late afternoon yesterday, with more than 300 out in Kalkaska County and about 800 in Antrim County.

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