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Utility crews make progress with power restoration

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Utility crews are making serious progress, restoring power to thousands of homes that have been in the dark since the weekend.

Here's the latest breakdown by county: In Barry County, where a state of emergency has been declared, just under 7,000 people are still without power. That's about half as many outages as Thursday. Almost 2,000 outages remain in Ionia County and everywhere else outages are in the triple digits, except Allegan County.

Consumers Energy crews are working around-the-clock to restore power. But officials warn warmer temperatures could lead to more outages, with melting snow and ice placing more pressure on already weak limbs.

Crews say they know this isn't easy, but they're doing what they can as quickly as possible.

"We understand that that they're cold, they're frustrated with how long it's taking. We're on a 16 hour schedule so we'll work 16 hours and we'll take eight hours off," said Consumers Energy Field Leader Chuck Roberts. 

Crews have been called in from several other states to help.

Consumers expects to have power restored to all by Saturday.