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      Storm victims will see smaller power bills - later

      <p>Thousands of people who lost power last month during an ice storm are getting jolted by their electricity bills.</p>

      Thousands of people who lost power last month during an ice storm are getting jolted by their electricity bills.

      The Lansing State Journal reports that customers are getting estimated bills because the storm interfered with meter readings. That means the power bill doesn't reflect days of lost power.

      Jennifer Earls of Lansing says her $161 bill is too high. She says it feels like getting kicked when she's "already down."

      Consumers Energy and Lansing Board of Water & Light are promising that subsequent bills will be lower when meters can be read. The State Journal says about 77,000 people in the capital area lost electricity, some for as long as 11 days.

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