Hundreds of thousands still without power in Michigan
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:35:21 GMT —
Hundreds of thousands of Michigan homes and businesses remain without power following a weekend ice storm.
The wintry blast knocked out electrical service to at about 435,000 customers across the state.
Michigan's largest utilities say it will be days before most of those blacked out get their power back because of the difficulty of working around ice-broken lines.
Consumers Energy says 262,000 of its power customers were affected, and 201,000 remained off line early Monday. DTE Energy says work is underway to restore service to 83,000 blacked-out customers out of about 138,000 affected since the storms hit.
Genesee County still has close to 61,000 customers without power. Saginaw has 1,189 customers still without power. Shiawassee County is in a state of emergency because of the ice storm yesterday and also has 19,748 customers without power, which is nearly 60% of the county.
Consumers Energy's estimates show that while some of the area can expect power restoration as early as tomorrow, in most cases they are looking at Saturday night before power is restored.
You can see power restoration estimates as well as where specifically power is out on Consumer Energy's power outage map.