December 12, 2018

Windstorm leaves hundreds without power


OSCODA COUNTY — Hundreds are without power following a windstorm in the early morning hours of May 18.

According to Consumers Energy’s online outage map, there were 754 outages in the county at 12:38 p.m.

Consumer Energy spokesman Terry DeDoes said there were about 10,000 statewide outages.

“Most of those are through the high-wind storm that’s crossing the state,” DeDoes said.

DeDoes said crews were on overtime and the company was keeping an eye on problem areas to get contractors to those areas.

“The wind can result in downed power lines, especially when there are trees around,” DeDoes said. “We are asking residents to be aware of that potential and to stay away from any downed lines that they see. Assume that they are live and dangerous and stay at least 25 feet from them.”

The county’s other energy provider, Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-op, was showing 114 outages in the county in the Greenwood Township area around noon.

Member Services Manager Maire Chagnon-Hazelman said the wind caused outages in the Lewiston area, which were mainly caused by trees falling on power lines.

“If you live down there, the wind was pretty high last night and knocked some trees down,” she said.

However, Chagnon-Hazelman said the majority of the outages reported for the energy provider, which spans nine counties in Northeastern Michigan, had been cleared up.

“All the crews are out there responding to what we had to clean up there this morning,” she said.

Gaylord National Weather Service Meteorologist Andy Sullivan said the wind gusts were caused by a thunderstorm front from Wisconsin moving across Lake Michigan.

“The thunderstorms were weakening as they were moving into Northern Lower (Michigan),” Sullivan said. “But the wind was still kicking up to 30-40 mph.”

Sullivan said winds a mile north of Mio kicked up to 51 mph at 4 a.m.

“It was pretty brief,” Sullivan said. “A report came in at 4 a.m. and it probably didn’t last that long. Just a really strong wind gust and it was done.”

Sullivan said winds will pick up in the later afternoon and evening and could reach 45 mph. He said winds in the county were around 25-30 mph at noon. There is a wind advisory in place, which will last until 8 p.m.

Those who see a downed power line are advised to call 911 or their energy provider. Consumers Energy can be reached at 1-800-477-5050 and Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-op can be reached at 1-800-423-6634.


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