With wet, heavy snow, high winds, freezing rain and thunderstorms forecast in different regions of Lower Michigan, Consumers Energy is mobilizing resources and making other preparations to quickly respond to any service interruptions. The strong weather is expected from Friday evening through Sunday.
Customers are encouraged to visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/OutageCenter for helpful tips, to view the online outage map, report an outage, and sign up to receive power restoration updates.
Consumers Energy also reminds customers to stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines as well as anything they may be touching and that 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.
With a foot or more of wet snow; as much as a half inch of freezing rain and winds gusting up to 50 mph possible in northern portions of the Lower Peninsula by Sunday, Consumers Energy’s preparation efforts may include placing a second mobile storm unit in the region. The company already has one of these semi-truck sized portable equipment storerooms permanently based in Cadillac; the second unit is headed late Thursday from Jackson to the Alma area. The mobile storm units stock high-use materials and allow for more efficient restoration efforts especially in remote areas with a concentration of power interruptions.
Additional specialized, heavy-duty equipment is also being staged in Alma to aid restoration in areas expecting the heavier snowfall. The staged equipment’s final location will depend on the areas with higher customer power outages.