High Winds Aftermath

Some people at Clark Lake are feeling the aftermath of the major winds.  A gust of 62 mph was recorded at Jackson’s Reynolds Field yesterday. Consumers Energy outage map shows significant interruptions to service, as of 3:15 pm today.

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You can get updated views of this map by clicking here.  Scroll down for CE’s comprehensive update issued about noon today.

Bill Leutz surveyed the Eagle Point west end area and found 6 cottages with minor shingle or siding damage.  Plus, he says, there was “lots of limbs 2 to 3 inches in diameter in the yards.”

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Ann Swain found evidence of how just strong the winds were.  The sheer thrust of the wind shoved this branch into the ground.  Below that, you can see the branch pulled out and just how deeply the branch had penetrated the ground.

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The following update from Consumers Energy tells the story of their statewide work.

“Consumers Energy crews have since Tuesday restored more than 160,000 customers left without electric service by damaging winds that ripped across Michigan Tuesday and Wednesday. That edges the recovery work past the halfway point of the 319,000 customers served by the energy provider affected by this catastrophic event, which took down nearly 8,200 wires and broke more than 1,100 poles.

“Because of the storm’s duration and statewide impact, some customers in the worst impacted areas may not have power restored until Sunday.

“From lineworkers to damage assessors, wire guards and customer service representatives, more than 2,000 people are engaged in the electric restoration effort. An additional 181 workers have arrived from utilities in Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana to assist the crews in Michigan.

“Customers can now sign up to get outage alerts and restoration times sent to a phone, email or text message, Text ‘REG’ to 232273 or visit: www.ConsumersEnergy.com/alerts. Customers can also, report an outage, check the status of an outage and get useful tips what to do before, during and after a storm by visiting www.ConsumersEnergy.com/OutageCenter.

“Consumers urges the public to keep these safety tips in mind:
·         Stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines and to call 911 and Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050.
·         Be alert to crews working along roads. Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past workers on roadsides.
·         Operating a generator may produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas. Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement or near any air intakes, and never fuel a generator when it is running.
·         Customers concerned about staying in their home during the colder temperatures are encouraged to call 2-1-1. Local emergency management officials are collecting information from 2-1-1 centers to help determine if warming centers need to be opened.
 
“To view specific counties and regions most affected by electric interruptions, please visit: https://www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap

And then, this afternoon (Thursday) at Clark Lake, it was snow!

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