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Power may not be restored by Christmas

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Many in West Michigan are waking up in the dark again Monday morning.

The hardest hit counties are Kent and Barry where more than 17,000 remain without power in each county.

In Calhoun County more than 10,000 are in the dark. In Kalamazoo, Allegan and Ionia Counties there are still 4,000 plus with no electricity Monday morning.   

Consumers Energy is hoping to get all the power restored before Christmas, but it might be a long shot.

The latest restoration estimations show that power should be returned in time for the holiday for customers in Allegan County and northern Kent County. Eastern Kent County could have power back by Christmas day.

But it could be Thursday before for the rest of Kent and Kalamazoo Counties see power back on.

Barry and Calhoun Counties are looking at Friday before power is restored.
 
Consumers is bringing in over 1,000 workers from the eastern U.S. to help with restoration work.