High winds cause some power outages, damage

GENESEE COUNTY — Consumers Energy had to call in about 1,600 employees, workers from three other states, to help deal with storm relayed power outages around Michigan, Sunday.

Crews were working Monday to restore power to 50,000 Michigan homes and businesses following winds that reached 60 mph swept across Michigan. Since Sunday morning, about 110,000 customers have been impacted by weather-related outages.

Wind speeds were recorded as high as 55 mph at Flint’s Bishop International Airport.

“Mother Nature has caused challenges for our state, delivering winds that knocked down trees and damaged equipment. We are working as fast as we can to safely bring back power to the customers we serve,” said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president of electric grid integration. “We thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we continue our work to restore power.”

More than 1,600 people are involved to serve customers affected by the storm, from electric lineworkers to customer care representatives. Consumers Energy crews are joined by workers from Indiana, Kentucky and Oklahoma.

Consumers Energy crews were assessing damage from the storm on Monday and making repairs to power lines, poles and equipment. — G.G.

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