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Consumers Energy predicts “tens of thousands” of customers could lose power due to weekend storm


Consumers Energy is predicting tens of thousands of customers will be without power following an ice storm this weekend.

Officials with the utility predict the storm will impact customers between I-94 and US 10 … that covers much of southern and Mid Michigan.

Roger Morgenstern is with Consumers Energy. He said he is asking customers for patience if their power goes out.

“It could be 3-4 days,” he said. “We just want to set expectations right now.”

Morgenstern said the delays will be to ensure worker safety.

“We ask for their patience because the safety of our crews and everyone is paramount,” he said. “We might not be able to get out there right away because of tough driving conditions because of the amount of ice that we receive.”

Morgenstern said there may be rolling power outages.

“With ice storms we will have initial outages as the lines get coated. But when the temperatures increase those lines will spring back up and cause additional outages because sometimes those lines spring back up into tree limbs.”

Customers should prepare with drinking water, non-perishable food, and medicine.