Consumers Energy hopes to get power back to most today

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Tens of thousands of people in West Michigan remain without power, the result of a one-two punch of storms caused by the remnants of Cristobal Tuesday and Wednesday.

Consumers Energy says crews will keep working overnight and hope to get most customers still without service back online Friday. But even with about 1,600 people on the job, some in the hardest-hit areas, like Branch, Kent and particularly Calhoun counties, may not have power until the weekend.

Around 1:40 p.m. Friday, the Consumer Energy’s interactive outage map showed about 78,000 customers without service statewide. Here are the West Michigan county-by-county outage numbers:

  • Allegan County: 1,218
  • Barry County: 632
  • Branch County: 6,262
  • Calhoun County: 22,787
  • Ionia County: 202
  • Kalamazoo County: 113
  • Kent County: 5,913
  • Mecosta County: 403
  • Montcalm County: 1,313
  • Muskegon County: 1,068
  • Newaygo County: 252
  • Ottawa County: 3,433
  • St. Joseph County: 564

There was another, smaller lines of storms Thursday evening unrelated to Cristobal. Consumers said they did not appear to be significantly affecting restoration times.

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Storm clouds move in over Zeeland on June 11, 2020. (Brooke Thorburn/ReportIt)

Residents are urged to stay at least 25 feet away from a downed wire and report it by calling 911 and Consumers at 800.477.5050.