Saturday storms knock out power to hundreds of thousands


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Three days after two rounds of severe thunderstorms swept across Michigan, Consumers Energy had restored power to most of the 220,000 homes and businesses that lost service.

The Jackson-based utility expected to have the majority of customers back online by the end of the day Tuesday.

While the Jenison area in Ottawa County was hit hard by the storms, the county with the highest number of outages was, by far, Kent County, which at one point had more than 56,000 customers without service.

>>Inside Consumers’ Energy power outage map

Consumers said 1,700 workers, including crews from utilities in six other states, helped with restoration.

Great Lakes Energy also dealt with some 30,000 outages; essentially all of its customers were back online by Monday afternoon.

>>Photos: Storm damage in West Michigan

Consumers said the storms brought down more than 2,800 power lines. It warned everyone to stay at least 25 feet away away from downed lines, reminding them to call 911 or Consumers at 800.477.5050 to report one.



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