GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Some of the nearly 140,000 Consumers Energy customers without power Thursday will remain in the dark until late Sunday night, the company says.
In an update late Wednesday morning, Consumers Energy said most customers in the dark after two rounds of freezing rain will have power restored by late Sunday.
The utility company said its crews are working around the clock to fix downed lines and repair transformers, and it's asking for 800 more field workers to help.
As of 5:45 p.m. Thursday, the Consumers Energy Outage Map showed a total of 144,160 customers without power statewide. The overwhelming majority were in Kent County.
The following West Michigan counties had at least 100 customers without power:
- Ionia County: 11,915 customers (54 percent of total customers)
- Kent County: 93,271 customers (33.2 percent of total customers)
- Montcalm County: 9,563 customers (36.7 percent of total customers)
- Muskegon County: 15,485 customers (19.6 percent of total customers)
- Newaygo County: 852 customers (4.4 percent of total customers)
- Ottawa County: 3,297 customers (4.3 percent of total customers)
“There’s a lot of tree damage as a result of the ice storm, so we’re having to make sure we clear trees away from the lines and other electric facilities, so that we can get in and make the… repairs," said Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern.
Morgenstern said the sheer number of incidents are also hampering efforts. At one time on Wednesday, Consumers Energy had 1,000 separate outages.