Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 5, 2012

Latest on power outages, shelters

FROM STAFF REPORTS

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.

Consumers Energy expected to have all customers back on by Wednesday evening, officials said yesterday.

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UPDATE 3/7, 2:10 p.m.

Cherryland Electric Cooperative's outage center website, http://outage.cecelec.com, indicates that 5,596 members are still without power, down from 6,126 this morning. The utility continues to update its Facebook page noting areas that have restored power and where crews are currently working. Cherryland officials told the Record-Eagle Tuesday that it doesn't expect to finish restoration until Friday, and may have a few isolated homes without power into the weekend.

An estimated 3,892 Great Lakes Energy members remain without power as of late this morning. The utility said most are in parts of Antrim (1,104 out), Charlevoix (304), Crawford (971), Kalkaska (722), Lake (480), Oscoda (290) and Otsego (187) counties. GLE told the Record-Eagle Tuesday that power restoration could push into the weekend, although the majority of their members should be back on line by Thursday, possibly earlier.

UPDATE 3/7, 10:55 a.m.

Cherryland Electric Cooperative in Grawn reports just over 6,000 customers still in the dark. That includes more than 1,100 around Lake Ann, 960 near Copemish, nearly 800 around Lake Leelanau and another 800 around East Bay Township. Cherryland officials told the Record-Eagle yesterday that it doesn't expect to finish restoration until Friday, and may have a few isolated homes without power into the weekend.

Great Lakes Energy reports around 5,000 customers without power across northern and parts of central Michigan. Antrim County has around 1,500 customers without power, Crawford County has more than 1,100 customers and Kalkaska County nearly 900. The utility told the Record-Eagle yesterday that power restoration could push into the weekend, although the majority of their members should be back on line by Thursday, possibly earlier.

Consumers Energy reported approximately 2,200 customers without electric service early Wednesday, and expected to have power restored to all its customers by 4 p.m. today. Consumers still had 950 Leelanau County customers with outages, along with 760 in Benzie County and 260 in Manistee.

UPDATE 3/7, 8:15 a.m.

In an early-morning press release, Consumers Energy indicates that approximately 2.200 customers remain without power, including 760 in Benzie County, 60 in Grand Traverse, 950 in Leelanau, and 260 in Manistee. Consumers expects to have power restored to all its customers by today, the utility said in a press release yesterday.

Cherryland Electric Cooperative's outage center website, http://outage.cecelec.com, indicates that 6,126 members are still without power this morning, down from 7,201 yesterday afternoon. The utility will update its Facebook page later this morning with its plans what areas crews will work in today. Cherryland officials told the Record-Eagle yesterday that it doesn't expect to finish restoration until Friday, and may have a few isolated homes without power into the weekend.

Great Lakes Energy told the Record-Eagle yesterday that warming weather with stronger winds could push power restoration into the weekend, although the utility said the majority of their members should be back on line by Thursday, possibly earlier.

UPDATE 3/6, 1:05 p.m.

A press release from Great Lakes Energy indicates that 10,347 members remain without power as of late this morning, including customers in Antrim, Charlevoix, Crawford, Emmet, and Kalkaska counties. Current outage information is updated every 15 minutes at www.gtlakes.com/storm-central.

Cherryland Electric Cooperative's outage center website, http://outage.cecelec.com, indicates that 7,201 members are currently without power, down from 7,444 this morning. The utility continues to update its Facebook page indicating which areas crews are working in to restore power.

UPDATE 3/6, 9:55 a.m.

Area utilities are making slow but steady progress restoring power to customers across northwest Michigan.

Cherryland Electric Cooperative still had 7,815 customers without power Tuesday morning. The Grawn-based cooperative still had more than 1,300 customers without power in the Lake Leelanau area, and nearly 1,200 around Lake Ann. Hundreds of Cherryland customers were without power around Interlochen, East Bay Township in Grand Traverse County, in the Timberlee area in southern Leelanau County and around Copemish.

Thousands of Consumers Energy customers also remain the dark. The utility reported early Tuesday that 3,000 Leelanau customers were still without power from the weekend snowstorm, along with 2,500 customers in Benzie County, 1,600 customers in Grand Traverse and 1,600 in Manistee County. Approximately 12,000 customers throughout northwest Michigan remained without power early this morning.

Traverse City Light & Power restored power to all its customers as of 9 p.m. Monday night, utility officials said. If an L&P customer is still without power they are asked to call (231) 922-4940 to report the outage. The utility said that today crews will be working on cleanup as well as with customers who had their service entrance damaged. Two line crews from Lansing will remain with L&P today, while the line crews from Grand Haven, Lowell and Zeeland have been released to help other local utility companies. Some tree crews remain with L&P and will assist with storm clean up.

UPDATE 3/6, 6:40 a.m.

An early-morning press release from Consumers Energy reports that approximately 12,000 customers are still without service, including 720 in Antrim County, 2,500 in Benzie, 1,600 in Grand Traverse, 250 in Kalkaska, and 3,000 in Leelanau. The utility indicates that 340 crews, including some from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania, are continuing work to restore power. The majority of customers north of U.S. 10 are expected to regain power today. Consumers says that some customers may not receive electric service until Wednesday. Customers who call Consumers Energy to report no power are encouraged to use the utility's automated reporting option, available at 1-800-477-5050.

Cherryland Electric Cooperative's outage center website, http://outage.cecelec.com, indicates that 7,444 members are still without power. In updates to its Facebook page, the utility indicates that crews worked through the night.  Spokesman Nick Edson said yesterday that it could be Thursday or Friday before power is fully restored across its six-county service district.

Traverse City Light & Power finished restoring power to all but about 30 customers as of late Monday afternoon. City utility crews were assisted by two line crews from Lansing Board of Power & Light and help from Grand Haven, Lowell and Zeeland.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.

Benzie County has lifted its Declaration of Emergency, but notes that the county still has downed power lines and trees either blocking or partially blocking secondary roads.  Residents are urged to limit travel only to primary roads so that utility companies and the road commission can clear these areas and restore power. Benzie County shelters will remain open and operational (see list at right). According to a Benzie County Emergency Management press release, the county still has approximately 5,500 Consumers Power customers and 3,500 Cherryland Electric customers without power.

UPDATE 11:45 a.m.

Consumers Energy still has approximately 18,600 customers without power in the 4-county as of 11 a.m. Monday. Those included 6,800 customers in Leelanau County, 4,200 in Grand Traverse, 5,500 in Benzie County and 2,100 in Antrim. Manistee County still had 3,600 customers with no power, and 1,400 in Wexford County. Customers north of U.S. 10 are expected to have power restored by midnight Monday. However, cusomters in the hardest-hit areas may not receive electric service until Tuesday.

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UPDATE 10:55 a.m.

Traverse City Light and Power restored power to all but approximately 50 customers by 9:30 a.m. this morning. The utility expected to have the rest back on by noon today, spokeswoman Jessica Wheaton said.

Cherryland Electric Cooperative whittled its powerless customer numbers to about 7,000 this morning. About 20,000 of the cooperative’s 33,000 customers lost power at some point over the weekend. It could be early Tuesday before they restore power to most customers, and a few may not be back on the grid before mid-week. Customers can go to http://outage.cecelec.com/ where there's a map of locations with outages. You can log in with e-bill info (if applicable) to see what's happening to your area specifically. To report an outage, call (800) 442-8616 or (231) 486-9200.

More than 20,000 Consumers Energy customers in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Manistee counties remain without power. Utility crews were continuing with repairs and Consumers is slated to issue an updated report late this morning.

UPDATE 8:30 a.m.

Consumers Energy updated its power outage numbers early Monday morning: In Antrim County, 2,100 remain without power; Benzie, 4,750; Grand Traverse, 4,200; Kalkaska, 300; Leelanau, 6,800. A press release stated that utility, line clearing and contract crews, including additional crews from Indiana and Illinois, will continue to restore power throughout the day. Customers north of U.S. 10 are expected to have power restored by midnight Monday. However, cusomters in the hardest-hit areas, including Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Manistee and Wexford counties may not receive electric service until Tuesday.

The Benzie County Sheriff's Office reported Sunday night that the county remained under a State of Emergency. "Much of the county is without power," a press release stated. "Major highways are clear, however many side roads remain snow-covered and/or littered with trees or power lines." Benzie residents needing medical help and shelter are encouraged to go to Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital. The Benzie Bus station is open to all others (see list of shelters at right). If you are unable to get to a shelter on your own, call the Benzie County Sheriff at (231) 882-4484 and transportation will be provided for you.

7:45 a.m.

Cherryland Electric Cooperative, which reported 7,000 members without electricity as of 5 p.m. Sunday, said it could be early Tuesday before they restore power to most customers, and a few may not be back on the grid before mid-week. Customers can go to http://outage.cecelec.com/ where there's a map of locations with outages. You can log in with e-bill info (if applicable) to see what's happening to your area specifically. To report an outage, call (800) 442-8616 or (231) 486-9200.

The majority of Consumers Power customers north of U.S. 10 are expected to have power restored by midnight Monday; however, some customers in Grand Traverse County are expected to have power restored by mid-Tuesday. Officials said 7,000 customers in Leelanau County were without power at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, 5,000 in Benzie County, 4,200 in Grand Traverse County and 2,400 in Antrim County. Customers who call Consumers Energy to report no power are encouraged to use the utility's automated reporting option, available at 1-800-477-5050.

Traverse City Light & Power says all but 100 customers had power restored by Sunday evening. If an L&P customer is still without power they are asked to call L&P at (231) 922-4940 to report the outage.