Strong winds, heavy snow knock out power to thousands


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Strong winds and heavy, wet snow caused thousands of homes to lose power on Thursday.

As of Friday morning, nearly 13,000 Consumers Energy customers statewide were without power — that was down from over 35,000 on Thursday.

Outage numbers by county as of 9 a.m.:

  • Barry: 3,937
  • Branch: 118
  • Calhoun: 271
  • Kalamazoo: 234

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A spokesperson for Consumers Energy hopes to have power restored to all affected customers by 11 p.m. Friday.

Consumers said it was prepared for the storm and crews will be working around the clock to get power restored as quickly as possible.

Storm Team 8 says wind gusts around 50 and 60 mph were recorded near the lakeshore on Thursday.

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