UPDATE: Storms knock out power to thousands

11:11 PM, Jun 21, 2011   |    comments
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UPDATE 11:10 P.M. (WZZM)- Utility crews are working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses that are in the dark because of Tuesday's storms.

According to a Consumers Energy spokesman 19,800 customers are without power statewide.  In West Michigan the hardest hit area is Kent County with almost 5,700 outages.

Ottawa County has 1,900 outages, Montcalm County has 1,700 and Calhoun County has 2,400.  In Allegan County more than 600 homes and businesses are without power.  Mecosta County has 773 outages.

Consumers Energy spokeswoman says it may be Wednesday before harder hit areas, including Grand Rapids and Grandville, will have service restores.  Utility crews are having to move out downed trees and branches before they can make electrical line repairs.

UPDATE (8:15 P.M.)-  A Consumers Energy spokesman says  that the number of outages caused by the summer storm is up to 13,700 statewide. 

In West Michigan, the hardest hit area is Kent County, with 5,500 outages. Ottawa County has 1,700 outages, followed by Calhoun County with 860 outages, Kalamazoo County with 850 outages, Allegan County with 630 outages, Muskegon County with 465 outages, Newaygo County with 150 outages and Ionia County with 46 outages.  A spokesman says utility crews will continue to restore power throughout the night, weather permitting.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-The strong summer storms have knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses in West Michigan.

A Consumers Energy spokesman says 3,900 customers are without power statewide. In West Michigan, the hardest hit area is Ottawa County, with 2,400 outages. Kent County has 250 outages. In Muskegon County, 200 homes and businesses are without power. Allegan County has 44 outages and Ionia has one outage. Outage numbers are still coming in; a company spokesman is not sure when power will be fully restored.

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