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More than 150,000 without power in Michigan following snow, wind

Freezing rain, strong winds and ice have resulted in at least 229,000 customers losing power since Wednesday. (WWMT/Consumers Energy)

Blowing snow, strong winds and ice have resulted in at least 229,000 customers losing power since Wednesday.

At 4:30 a.m. Friday, 152,215 customers were without power, according to Consumers Energy. They said a majority of the affected customers were expected to have their service restored by late Sunday.

They said some might not have power as late as Monday.

Consumers Energy gives the following tips to those impacted:

  • Call 2-1-1 if you are looking for help connecting to temporary shelter or other resources.
  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement, enclosed patio or near any air intakes. Doing so could cause a generator to produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas.
  • Be alert to utility crews working along roads. Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past workers on roadsides.
  • Once safe to do so, clean-up of debris from any tree trimming or removal during a storm emergency.
  • In some cases, the mast which holds the electric service wires to a customer’s home or business may have been damaged or torn away. Crews will reconnect the wires to a home, but only allow licensed electricians to repair or replace masts or a cables.

Residents are also reminded of the potential for additional downed electric lines. It's advised to stay at least 25 feet away from the downed wires and report them by calling 9-1-1 and Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050.

For more tips, or to report or check the status of an outage, visit this site.

Consumers Energy customers can also sign up to get outage alerts and restoration times sent to a phone, email or text message, Text ‘REG' to 232273 or visit their site. Indiana Michigan Power also has an app that can be used to view outage maps and statuses.

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