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Power restoration is underway along the lakeshore after powerful winds knocked down trees and powerlines

Wind storm cleanup
Consumers Energy
Wind storm cleanup

Consumers Energy has 200 crews positioned for power restoration

Sustained 60 mph wind gusts swept across the lakeshore region from Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon Counties northward to the Traverse City area. Great Lakes Energy is reporting 29,000 customers are in the dark. Consumers Energy tells us 69,000 of its customers are without power.

“Trees are down. Wires are down. There is a lot of damage out there.”

Katie Carey is with Consumers Energy. She tells us the high winds Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning knocked down nearly 150 power lines. Consumers has 200 crews positioned for power restoration. They’re clearing downed wires while forestry teams are clearing toppled trees. Once winds dissipate below 35 miles per hour, crews will begin ascending poles restoring power.

“If listeners do come across a downed wire, please stay 12 feet away from that wire. Call 9-1-1, call Consumers Energy to report it and we will get a crew out to clear that.”

Consumers says it will update customers on estimate times of restoration.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.