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March 5, 2012

Latest on power outages, shelters

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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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