October 20, 2017

Some residents still without power following storm

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OSCODA COUNTY — As of 11:45 a.m. 10.9 percent of residents in Oscoda County are without power, following a storm in the early morning hours June 13.

Consumers Energy, the energy provider for most of the county, serves 6,571 customers. Of these customers 714 are still without power as of 11:45 a.m., according to the Consumers Energy website.

There are 2,858 customers statewide who are still affected by the outages the Consumers Power website states as of 11:45 a.m. Oscoda County currently has the most outages of any county in the state.

According to Consumers Power representative Brian Wheeler about 22,000 customers statewide have been impacted by the outages in the wake of the storm. Over the course of restoration efforts this number increased to about 23,000. He said the bulk of the outages occurred between midnight and 2 a.m. and said winds were in the 30-35 mph range.

“We are expecting to get power back to everybody no later than 11 p.m.,” Wheeler said in a June 13 interview.

He said 120 crews, which works out to about 240 people, are currently in the field and working to restore power in effected areas.

According to the Consumers Energy website current the estimated restoration for impacted areas in Oscoda County is between 1-4 p.m.

Gaylord National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Adam said the June 13 storm came from thunderstorm activity that came west from southern Minnesota. He said additional storms popped up as it moved east.

“The thunderstorms that moved through that area were pretty much the strongest part of the entire thing that impacted northern lower Michigan,” Adam said.

He said the highest wind guest reported during the June 13 storm was 59 mph.

Adam said the next 24-36 hours could bring scattered storms, but sees it diminishing by the early morning hours of June 15.

“It’s just kind of coming in in pieces,” Adam said. “It’s not like one big area of thunderstorms rolling through.”

Adam said there is a marginal risk for severe storms in the evening and late night hours June 14.

“It’s kind of a lower end probability, but a stronger storm could produce some gusty winds and hail,” he said.

Wheeler said Consumers Energy is currently working to restore power to impacted areas in the county.

“We still have crews in the field right now,” Wheeler said. “In the case of the last folks in Oscoda County who are effected, it looks like 3 p.m. is our estimated restoration time.”

Wheeler said Consumers is expecting the possibility of storms again for June 14.

"We always people's patience as we work through these situations," he said. "Let's just hope for good weather going forward."

Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-Op, which covers a northern portion of the county, is not currently reporting any outages as of 11:45 a.m.

Wheeler advised customers to periodically check the outage map at consumersenergy.com for updates.

Those who see a down power line should stay at least 25 feet away, according to Wheeler. He said if someone sees a downed power line they should call 911 as soon as possible. In addition, he said not to run generators indoors.

UPDATED: 11:45 a.m.

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