Consumers Energy: Power to be restored to most by midnight

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The bulk of the remaining power outages from Wednesday's wild winds should be restored in the coming hours.

It's certainly a relief for the some 34,500 Consumers Energy customers still in the dark as of 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, according to a news release from the utility.

However, it could be just one more day for power to be restored in the hardest-hit locations in southwest lower Michigan. Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties should be back online Sunday.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Calhoun County had the most outages at 2,778.

Earlier: High winds rip roof from Barry County school; students safely evacuated

More: Consumers Energy outage map

“We’ve made steady progress today with the continued favorable weather,” said Mary Palkovich, vice president of energy delivery in the release. “We know the cold weather is challenging for our customers still without power as well as our crews performing restoration work.

"We appreciate the patience of all customers affected by this devastating storm."

At its peak, the storm downed about 9,000 power lines and broke more than 1,300 poles, Consumers Energy says. Winds gusts in excess of 60 mph for some locations resulted in more than 354,000 outages statewide.

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