WEST MICHIGAN - More than 140,000 homes and businesses were without power this morning after a strong series of storms rolled through Michigan.
The storm generated wind gusts as high as 88 mph in Allendale, knocking over mature trees and power lines early Friday, July 7. One tree in Grand Haven fell onto a house, killing a 72-year-old man.
As of 10 p.m. Friday, over 106,000 Consumers Energy customers in the state were without power, according to the company’s outage map.
Consumers Energy says restoration efforts are underway and crews are doing everything they can to get customers restored by Sunday night.
“We appreciate customers’ patience as Consumers Energy crews begin work to restore residents in northern and west Michigan,” said Mary Palkovich, vice president of gas engineering and supply, in a press release. “The storms and high winds that rolled through our state created a great deal of damage to trees and power lines and we encourage everyone to be safe in the hardest hit areas. With favorable weather conditions today, our crews are working tirelessly to get customers restored.”
The hardest hit areas include Kent, Ottawa, Eaton, Roscommon, Barry, Ogemaw, Allegan, Ingham, Muskegon and Jackson counties.
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