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New restoration estimates from Consumers Energy

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Consumers Energy is releasing a new timetable for estimated restoration.

According to a release received at 6 a.m.Tuesday morning some Kalamazoo residents could be in the dark till Friday.

Currently, the estimated power restoration schedule for the hardest hit areas is:

Today: Saginaw County;
Wednesday: Gratiot, and northern Kent counties;
Thursday:  Allegan, Ionia, eastern Kent, and Montcalm counties;
Friday: Portions of Barry, Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Shiawassee counties, western Kent County and greater Grand Rapids;
Saturday: Some portions of Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Livingston, Oakland and Ottawa counties.

As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, approximately 174,000 customers were without power.

In all, the storm caused more than 303,000 outages, or nearly 17 percent of the utility's 1.8 million electric customers. It is the company's largest Christmas-week storm in its 126-year history and its largest ice storm in more than 10 years.

"We expect to see even more progress today as additional crews from 11 states and Washington, D.C. continue arriving in Michigan," said Mary Palkovich, Consumers Energy's vice president of energy delivery.

"We thank the men and women working safely around the clock to recover from this catastrophic storm and our customers for their continued understanding and patience."