GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Severe thunderstorms rolling into West Michigan Saturday night caused power outages across the area, affecting about 50,000 customers.
“Consumers Energy prepared for this nasty weather, and our crews will be responding all day today,” Roger Curtis, Consumers Energy’s officer in charge, said in a press release. “We appreciate the patience of our friends and neighbors, and we are committed to working around the clock to get the lights back on for everyone who counts on us as quickly as we can.”
Over 2,000 people in the Roosevelt Park and Norton Shores area lost power around 9:30 p.m. as storms hit the Muskegon area, according to the map. It also showed around 400 people have lost power in a neighborhood in Muskegon Heights.
Over 300 customers lost power in a large stretch of Jenison stretching south toward M6.
A widespread power outage affecting over 1,500 customers was reported covering Fruitport Township and Cloverville.
The energy provider said it is working to restore power, but restoration times can vary depending on changing weather conditions. Consumers said it expects to restore power to all customers by 6 p.m. on Monday.
Consumers Energy released the following safety tips:
- Be alert to crews working along roads. Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past workers on roadsides.
- Call 2-1-1 if you are looking for help connecting to resources that offer assistance in your community. 2-1-1 is a free statewide service.
- Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement, enclosed patio or near any air intakes. Doing so could cause a generator to produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas. Read more guidance on safe generator use here.
- Consumers Energy will trim or remove trees interfering with electric restoration activities. Once safe to do so, clean-up of debris from tree trimming or removal during a storm emergency is the responsibility of individual property owners.
- In some cases, the mast that holds the electric service wires to a home or business may have been damaged or torn away. Crews will reconnect the wires to a home, but only a licensed electrician can repair or replace a mast or a cable.
News 8 will continue to track power outages across West Michigan as storms continue through the area.