750 remain without power Wednesday following storm

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Update: As of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, power remains out for 762 Consumers Energy customers in Midland County following a powerful storm that passed through Michigan on Tuesday.

Crews from Ohio and Alabama are in Michigan to help restore power. More than 1,100 Consumers Energy workers and contractors are involved in the restoration effort.

“We’re confident we can continue safely reconnecting customers with today’s good weather,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy’s vice president for electric operations. “We know the communities we serve are counting on us, and we’re working tirelessly to turn the lights back on for homes and businesses across the state.”

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More than 1,200 Consumers Energy customers remain without power in Midland County on Wednesday morning following a powerful storm that passed through Michigan on Tuesday.

Consumers Energy crews made progress overnight, restoring power to over 30,000 out of about 80,000 Michigan homes and businesses that were affected by Tuesday storms bringing hail and 60 mph winds. Crews from Ohio and Alabama are in Michigan to boost the effort, the company stated.

“We know our friends and neighbors are counting on us, and we’re using all of our resources to turn the lights back on in communities across the state,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy’s vice president for electric operations. “Our crews and contractors did great work overnight, and we’re confident they will continue reconnecting customers will continue with today’s good weather.”

More than 1,100 Consumers Energy coworkers and contractors are involved in the around-the-clock effort to restore power and help customers, the company stated. As of 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, 49,000 customers were without power statewide.

Consumers Energy expects the majority of customers will be restored by Thursday. Customers can check the status of specific outages by visiting www.ConsumersEnergy.com/OutageCenter, and also sign up to get outage alerts and restoration times sent to a phone, email or text message. Text ‘REG' to 232273 or visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/alerts.

Packard urged people to stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines, keep children or pets away, and report the issue by calling 9-1-1 and Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050. Consumers Energy asks the public to keep a safe distance from crews.