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Electric utility repair crews face busy winter

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Snow Storm in November 2005

If it seems like this has been a tough winter repair crews from Michigan’s electric utilities may agree. Power outages have been a bigger problem this winter than they have previous years.

Around 100,000 homes and businesses lost power over the weekend, in the Consumers Energy service area.

“In terms of power outages, we’ve had more activity this year compared to last. I think back to late 2013 where we had an ice storm that caused 350,000 outages,” said Brian Wheeler, the Senior Public Information Director for Consumers Energy.

Officials there said some 200-thousand homes lost power earlier this month.

Wheeler said crews from Oklahoma, Kentucky and Indiana are currently helping to restore power in Michigan.