Weekend Storms Knock Out Power for Over 230,000 in Michigan

"The weekend storms in some parts of Michigan have left hundreds of thousands of electric customers with extended interruptions in services and … they may be entitled to a credit as a result of those interruptions."

by Nathan Clark, Live.com, Walker, Mich. / July 22, 2019
A storm caused significant damage to a Jenison, Mich., neighborhood on Saturday, July 20, 2019, tearing the roof and some walls off one home. AP/John Tunison

(TNS) — More than 230,000 Michigan residents are still without power Monday morning after storms ripped through the state over the weekend.

“We had about half of the outages from Friday’s storm restored when we were hit with a stronger storm Saturday,” DTE Energy Vice President of Distribution Operations Heather Rivard said during a press conference Monday, July 22.

More than 1,800 DTE employees and 750 additional workers from out of state have been working in 16-hour shifts since Friday to restore power, Rivard said.

Several areas of Washtenaw, Livingston and Wayne counties will likely not have power restored until Thursday morning.

Wind gusts up to 70-80 mph in some areas knocked down trees and power lines across the Lower Peninsula. One 80 mph microburst blew the roof off a home in Ottawa County, southwest of Grand Rapids.

Dangerous storm conditions forced the evacuation of thousands from the Faster Horses music festival in Brooklyn and injured one person at Ann Arbor’s Art Fair.

The massive outages seem to mostly be affecting DTE customers in the east side of the state as Consumers Energy is reporting only about 35,000 customers currently without power.

Residents who do not have power for more than 16 hours as a result of recent outages may be eligible for a $25 credit, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said.

“The weekend storms in some parts of Michigan have left hundreds of thousands of electric customers with extended interruptions in services and it’s important we remind them that they may be entitled to a credit as a result of those interruptions,” Nessel said.

Online forms for Michigan’s two largest utilities — DTE and Consumers Energy — are available by clicking on the links below.

To see DTE restoration times, check its outage center here.

To see Consumers Energy restoration times, check its outage center here.

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