Consumers: Winds expected to knock out power

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Consumers Energy is again preparing for a blast of winter weather expected to knock out power across West Michigan.

“We’re trying to stay a step ahead of Mother Nature,” said Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern.

Storm Team 8 is forecasting temperatures will fall Friday, possibly causing rainfall, that was left on roads from Thursday, to freeze.

Consumers Energy is ready for any damage that may result of wind gusts of 40-45 mph.

“We have additional personnel on call, both contract and Consumers Energy personnel,” Morgenstern said. “We have equipment in place. Our mobile storm trailers are ready to go. One of them is in Grand Rapids, ready to go if we have a hard-hit area.”

Morgenstern encouraged West Michigan residents to get prepared.

“We encourage our customers to make sure they charge their electronic devices, their phones, tablets and computers, so they can remain connected. Keep non-perishable food in the house,” Morgenstern said.

It has been a rough winter for most of West Michigan, and that includes Consumers Energy. It has only been about two months since West Michigan was hit hard with an ice storm that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers for days — some  for an entire week.

But Consumers is not expecting things to be that bad again.

“We work when the weather is the worst, and we will be out there again tonight and tomorrow to make sure we get the lights on when they go out thanks to the wind,” Morgenstern said Thursday.

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