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Gas stations closed in hard-hit Barry Co.

BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Saturday and Sunday's storms have led to the second-most power outages we've had in Michigan this year.

The most outages happened a little more than a month ago, when high winds and at least two tornadoes tore through West Michigan on Nov. 17.
Of course, these power outages come just three days before Christmas. In hard-hit Barry County, some gas stations are without power.

Taking a live look at the Consumers Energy power outage map, Barry County has more than 19,000 without power. Kent County is the hardest-hit in our area, with more than 20,000. There're more than 9,300 in the dark in Calhoun County and 6,800 Kalamazoo County.

Consumers Energy is hoping to get all the power restored before Christmas.

Gas stations in Hastings, like the Family Fare Quick Stop, there's a little sign on the door that reads "no power." That's pretty much the case all over town.

"The first concern in a situation like this is safety and beyond that the next step is to start working on restoration. We're telling people it's going to take days but it could take much of this week to fully bring everyone back online because this is a real serious situation," says Brian Wheeler of Consumers Energy.

Newschannel 3 just received a restoration update from Consumers. Power is expected to be back on by Tuesday in Allegan County, Wednesday in eastern Kent County, Thursday for the rest of Kent County and Kalamazoo County.

In Barry and Calhoun counties the company says you should have power restored by Friday. Some parts of Ottawa County may have to wait until Saturday.

While the gas station is in the dark tonight, but the supermarket is a hotspot. It's the only businesses here in Hastings that actually does have power at the moment.