GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (July 31, 2012) -- Approximately 5,000 Consumers Energy electric customers are without service due to the thunderstorms that swept across the state late last night and earlier today.Since late Monday, more than 71,000customers have been affected by weather-related outages.
As of 9 p.m., the approximate numbers of Consumers Energy electric customers remaining without service in the following counties are as follows: Allegan (2,633) and Newaygo (2,178).
"We expect most customers will have power restored by midnight," said Michele A. Kirkland, Consumers Energy vice president of energy operations. "We are working through the night to restore power as safely and quickly as possible and we appreciate our customers' patience."
More than 600 Consumers Energy employees and contract utility workers are devoted to the storm restoration effort, Kirkland said.
A majority of customers without electric service are expected to be restored by midnight tonight. Some customers in Allegan and Newaygo counties will not receive electric service until late Wednesday afternoon. Estimates will be updated as assessment and repairs continue.
Consumers Energy cautions area residents to avoid touching any downed wires and to report them immediately by calling 1-800-477-5050, or your local law enforcement agency.
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. The service provides restoration information for each substation and circuit, and can be used to report an outage.
If using a generator, contact a licensed electrician to ensure that it is properly connected and, for the safety of our line workers, make certain it is isolated from the utility's electric distribution system. Never use a generator in an enclosed area and never fuel a generator when it is running.
In some cases, the mast which holds the electric service wires to your home or business may have been damaged or torn away. Utility crews will reconnect the wires to your home, but only a licensed electrician can repair or replace a mast or a cable.
Consumers Energy will trim or remove trees interfering with electric restoration activities. Clean-up of debris from tree trimming or removal during a storm emergency is the responsibility of individual property owners.
Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), provides natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of the state's nearly 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
For more information regarding Consumers Energy, access our website at: www.consumersengergy.com
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