Consumers Energy warns of planned power outage in Kent County

Storm Team 8 expects temperatures to dip into single digits

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KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — Thousands of Kent County homes and businesses will briefly lose power Saturday as arctic air continues to grip the area.

The scheduled outage will begin around 2:30 a.m. Saturday and is expected to last no longer than 30 minutes. Storm Team 8 expects temperatures to drop to 7 degrees between Friday night and early Saturday morning, but Consumers Energy doesn’t expect outdoor temperatures to pose “a significant disruption” for customers.

>>Storm Team 8: Weekend forecast 

A Consumers Energy spokesman says the temporary outage was scheduled weeks in advance to notify customers and safely plan the work. The company says the outage is necessary for crews to safely repair transmission equipment at the electrical substation near 68th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue. Consumers Energy says the upgrades will help it “maintain reliable service.”

Consumers Energy says the interruption will affect about 2,400 customers in portions of Gaines Township and Kentwood, who live roughly a mile east and west of Kalamazoo Avenue SE, from Christie Avenue SE south to approximately 100th Street SE.

Residents affected by the outage have already received notification postcards, however the outage time has since been delayed a half-hour to accommodate a business customer’s request.

If necessary, Consumers Energy will postpone the scheduled outage until 2:30 a.m. Sunday.