ELK RAPIDS — Thunderstorms that swept across northern Michigan knocked out power for thousands.
Antrim County had the most left in the dark, with Consumer's Energy reporting 1,134 of its customers in the county without power as of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Add to that the 1,199 Great Lakes Energy Cooperative customers without power and 24 Cherryland Electric Cooperative customers without power around the same time Wednesday, according to each cooperative's outage trackers. More reports were trickling in from across the county.
Benzie County customers reported 848 outages to Consumer's Energy by the same time. Kalkaska County had a total of 583 in the dark, according to a total of Consumer's Energy and Great Lakes Energy Cooperative reports.
Information varied for when power companies expected to restore power, from Consumers Energy's 1:45 a.m. estimate for most of its Antrim County customers to no projection immediately available from Great Lakes Energy Cooperative's outage tracker.
Outage maps indicate most of those in the region kept their power, although numerous outages were reported to the east and north of Antrim County.
The reports came as a line of storms that the National Weather Service warned could be severe moved across the area late Wednesday. Scattered severe storms were still possible across the northern Lower Peninsula until 1 a.m. Thursday, with clear skies anticipated for northwest Michigan by the afternoon, according to NWS forecasts.