Between 7am and 11am Sunday morning the number of people without power from Consumers Energy jumped from 96,000 to 140,000. 8,034 Great Lakes Energy customers were without power as of 12pm Sunday due to the weather. And the Associated Press is reporting that DTE Energy had 180,000 customers without power Sunday morning, mostly in the southeastern part of the state.
High winds have knocked down power lines all over Michigan. Thus far, almost 377,000 homes have experienced power outages according to Consumers Energy, Great Lakes Energy and DTE Energy.
By 4pm Sunday, Consumers Energy had 117,000 customers statewide still without power. In West Michigan, the number of Consumers Energy customers without power by county (as of 4pm Sunday):
Van Buren: 1,400
Consumers Energy has crews from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee helping to restore power. They expect that all customers should have power again by Wednesday.
GLE members in Northern Lower Michigan were most affected by the storm. However, GLE managed to restore power to 6,972 members by noon on Sunday.
There was a wind advisory in effect until 4p.m. Sunday. For the rest of the evening winds should be around 35 mph or less. Temperatures plummeted over night after Saturday's record highs. This caused a "quick freeze" of the melted snow and ice leading to dozens of slide-offs by Sunday morning drivers.
County Sheriff's departments from all over West Michigan are reporting downed power lines caused from the high winds and tree branches falling on the wires.
Plaster Creek at Division Avenue in Grand Rapids has experienced deep flooding. GRPD reported Sunday morning that a van was buried midway up the vehicle in water. Traffic lights continue to be out at intersections around the city.
Consumers Energy, Great Lakes Energy, and DTE Energy will be working throughout the day to restore power.
If you lose power due to the high winds today you are advised not to touch any wires.
If you are a Consumers Energy customer you can report any downed electrical wires by calling 1-800-477-5050.
Consumers has established an automated reporting option for loss of power. They have encouraged customers to use this service by calling 1-800-477-5050.
Great Lakes Energy members without power can call 1-800-678-0411.
FOX 17 will continue to post updates as they become available on this website and will have a full report of the weather's effects on West Michigan on FOX 17 News at Ten.
Winds Pummel Michigan, 377,000 Lose Power
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