power outages

A utility says some of the tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power in Michigan following days of freezing rain and other wintry weather are expected to be without electricity through the weekend.

Consumers Energy says that since early Wednesday about 229,000 customers have lost electric service due to ice storms. The utility says about 153,000 of its customers were without power Friday morning, with most expected to have power by late Sunday.


Dozens of warming centers are open across Michigan as hundreds of thousands of electricity customers remain without power due to high winds earlier in the week.

Temperatures were around 30 degrees Friday morning in the Detroit area, in the mid to upper 20's across West Michigan, and expected to remain cold throughout the weekend, with overnight lows in the teens or 20s and highs around 30 degrees.

Detroit has warming centers at four community and recreation centers.

Some other Michigan communities and the American Red Cross also opened warming centers.