Latest winter storm knocks out power to thousands

Michigan
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — More than 13,000 homes and businesses lost power Tuesday as a winter storm moved through Michigan.

The majority of Consumers Energy customers who were in southern Michigan and Monroe County was the hardest hit, with more than 6,500 customers affected.

Indiana Michigan Power, which serves several counties near the Michigan-Indiana border, had outages in several counties. Berrien County was among the hardest hit, with more than 1,800 customers still without power by the evening.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for West Michigan until 1 p.m. Wednesday. The area could see a total of 2 to 4 inches of snow, ice accumulation of up to one-tenth inch. Wind gusts of more than 40 mph are possible Tuesday night and into Wednesday.

Areas along the I-94 corridor are expected to see the heaviest ice accumulation.

Widespread power outages are possible due to the combination of gusty winds and ice that may down tree limbs and power lines. 

Consumers reminded people to stay away from downed power lines. If you see one, call 911 and then Consumers at 800.477.5050. Drivers are also reminded to be alert to Consumers crews working along roads.

It comes after back-to-back ice storms and then a blast of strong winds hit West Michigan last week, knocking out power to more than 230,000 Consumers Energy customers. The utility company asked 360 of the 1,000 out-of-states crews who were called to assist last week to stay for this lastest storm. 

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