24 Hour News 8 web staff -
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) -- Thousands of Consumers Energy customers across Michigan lost power Sunday as the state was buffeted by strong winds.
More than 25,000 customers were without power at the outage's peak, but nearly everyone had their power back before 9 p.m. As of 8:45 p.m., 185 customers in Ionia County were affected and 210 in Kent County.>>Inside woodtv.com: Michigan Power Outages | Weather alerts
Consumers Energy told 24 Hour News 8 that strong winds caused most of the outages. The National Weather Service measured peak gusts of 56 mph in Ionia County, 53 mph in Kent County, 48 in Kalamazoo County and 47 mph in Allegan County. Elsewhere, gusts surpassed 30 and even 40 mph. Most of West Michigan was under a wind advisory until 2 p.m.
The utility company cautions you should never approach a downed power line, and should assume a downed line is a power line rather than a telephone or cable line. People who come across a downed line should stay at least 25 feet away from it or anything it is touching, and call 911 and Consumers at 800.477.5050 immediately.
Consumer Energy spokesperson Roger Morgenstern told 24 Hour News 8 the utility company expects the number of customers without power to continue to go up throughout the day. It may take some time to get power back on to everyone because the outages are widespread across the state.
Morgenstern went on to thank customers for their patience while crews work to get services restored.
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