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Some preparing to celebrate Christmas in the dark

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Thousands of people are bracing for what could be a huge holiday headache--spending Christmas in the dark.

Much of West Michigan is coated in a thick layer of ice, weighing down both power lines and trees.

The damage is so widespread that crews are having a tough time cleaning things up.

In fact, people in Calhoun County have been told some may not get their power back on until Friday.

Newschannel 3's Alex Jokich spent the day in Battle Creek talking to families who are trying to cope with this frustrating situation in the midst of their holidays.

She joined us with the above update.