Consumers Energy working to reduce outages

6:02 AM, Dec 26, 2013   |    comments
Consumers Energy photo of worker repairing downed power line on a utility pole.
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The number of power outages in Michigan due to the ice storm has gone from 348,000 on Sunday to fewer than 89,000 on Thursday morning, according to executives with Consumers Energy.

As of 5:30 a.m. Thursday, the counties with the largest numbers of outages were Genesee with 32,638, Barry with 11,364, and Shiawassee with 10,583.

The number in Kent County fell to 603 as of 5:30 a.m., well below the more than 20,000 customers who lost electricity immediately after the storm.

Consumers Energy has 180 utility workers from other states joining the 580 field workers already on the job in the hardest hit areas.

The utility expects to have power restored to the hardest hit areas Thursday in Allegan, Ionia, Gratiot, Ottawa, eastern and western Kent counties, including greater Grand Rapids; Friday in Kalamazoo and Montcalm counties; and Saturday in some portions of Calhoun, Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Livingston, Oakland and Shiawassee counties.

The company is calling this "largest Christmas-week storm in its 126-year history and its largest ice storm in more than ten years."

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