JACKSON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Consumers Energy is preparing for possible power outages due to anticipated severe weather, and the utility urges customers to be ready in case of a storm.
Strong to severe thunderstorms along with high winds are forecast for this evening across southwest Michigan.
Consumers Energy crews are being staffed Wednesday night and additional company and contractor crews are on standby to quickly respond to any power outages caused by the storms.
Some important tips to help prepare for a storm include:
- Charge electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops, and have fresh batteries available for items such as flashlights and weather radios.
- Have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food available, and don't forget a first aid kit or any prescription medication if needed.
- During and after a storm, people are advised to stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is "live" and dangerous. Residents are also reminded to not touch anything a power line may be touching, including trees, fences, other debris, and puddles.
- Report any downed wires by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050.
- If flooding or another disaster should occur, check for the odor of natural gas before entering any area. If you think you smell this "rotten egg" odor, leave the area immediately and call 1-800-477-5050. Remember to replace any appliance submerged in water.
Customers who lose power should contact Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050 or online at www.ConsumersEnergy.com. Customers can report an outage, get outage information, including updated estimated restoration times, all on a detailed map available at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap. The map is accessible via both desktop computer and mobile devices.