December 12, 2017

Over 50 percent of Oscoda County without power

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OSCODA COUNTY - Thousands in Oscoda County are currently without power following severe storms in the early morning hours of June 13.

Oscoda County has 3,390 out of its 6,571 customers (51.6 percent) affected by the outages, according to the Consumers Power website at 11:25 a.m. The website states that 12,027 customers statewide are impacted by the outages.

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

“The culprits here would be the wind and severe weather knocking down tree branches,” Wheeler said.

He said 120 crews are currently in the field and working to restore power in effected areas.

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

As of June 14 at 12:10 a.m. Consumers Energy is reporting on its site that there are 1,080 customers(16.4 percent) without power.

Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-Op, which covers a northern portion of the county, is not currently reporting any outages as of 8:39 a.m.

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

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

“We’re working around the clock through the day and working to power on as fast as we can,” he said.

UPDATED: 11:25 a.m. 6/13, 12:10 a.m. 6/14

The Herald will provide more updates on this story as they become available.

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