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Ice storm 2013


There was no doubt we were going to have a white Christmas after enduring freezing rain and seemingly continuous snowfall since last weekend. The freezing rain we experienced last weekend began late Thursday night (December 19) or early Friday morning, cancelling hundreds of schools. It continued into Saturday and Saturday, causing cancellation of Saturday events and Sunday church services all over Michigan. We continued to get winter weather advisories all through Christmas week.

As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 73,500 Consumers Energy customers remained without service. Since noon Saturday, the storm has caused more than 368,000 outages, or more than 20 percent of the utility’s 1.8 million electric customers. They said it is the company’s largest Christmas-week storm in its 126-year history.

Counties most affected by electric interruptions were: Barry (8,856); Calhoun (1,369); Clinton (5,241); Eaton (6,092); Genesee (28,573); Ingham (7,118); Ionia (2,673); Kent (451); Livingston (3,319); Oakland (1,163) and Shiawassee (9,780).

The estimated power restoration schedule for the hardest-hit areas is:

Thursday: Eastern and western Kent counties, including greater Grand Rapids;

Friday: Kalamazoo County;

Saturday: Portions of Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham. Livingston, Oakland and Shiawassee counties.

Consumers said restoration times may be affected by additional storm activity, additional damage and as damage assessments are collected. Consumers Energy also is monitoring expected warmer temperatures that could cause additional damage to the electric system. They said that temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s late Friday and into Saturday in some parts of the state will melt ice now coating tree branches, causing them to snap into power lines, and perhaps cause additional customer outages.

 

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State police reminds citizens to use caution after ice storm


The Michigan State Police reminds everyone to use extreme caution as recovery efforts continue after a weekend ice storm caused power outages and downed trees and power lines.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) continue to work with local emergency management partners to ensure communities have all the resources they need to respond and recover.

“This weekend’s ice storm has severely impacted our communities,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy

Winter-road-Katie-TrollaState Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD.

“We are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the public health and safety of Michigan citizens.”

Power Outage Safety

Below are some reminders on staying safe during a power outage:

·  Stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is “live” and dangerous.

·  If clearing trees or limbs, make certain they are not in contact with a power line. Trees and branches can conduct electricity and electrocute you on contact.

·  Do not call 911 to ask about the power outage. Report outages to your utility company.

·  Never run a generator indoors. Ensure it is outside and far away from windows or any other area where exhaust can vent back into a living area. Carbon monoxide can cause injury or death.

·  Have an emergency preparedness kit ready with supplies to last three days per person (e.g., food, water, first aid kit, hand-crank flashlight and radio, extra clothing and blankets).

·  Check on elderly and disabled neighbors to ensure they are safe.

·  Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power. If you use candles, make sure they are in safe holders away from curtains, paper, wood or other flammable items. Never leave a candle burning when you are out of the room.

·  Use extreme caution when driving. If traffic signals are out, treat each signal as a stop sign. Come to a complete stop at every intersection and look before you proceed.

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