Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 5, 2012

Latest on power outages, shelters


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,, 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

Cherryland Electric Cooperative's outage center website,, 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.

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