"We're encouraged by the impact that our crews made overnight and into this morning, with power restored to many of our customers who were affected by these violent storms", said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy's vice president of electric operations. The weather downed about 2,000 of its lines.
DTE officials called the multiple storms one of the worst events its crews have ever dealt with.
"We definitely understand their extreme frustration with the delay in their restoration", said DTE spokeswoman Heather Rivard. "We then focus on restoring power to the remaining households and businesses, starting with electrical circuits where the largest numbers of customers are without power".
More than 1,700 employees are working on behalf of Consumers Energy in MI, including workers from six other states. "More than 1,100 employees and contractors are in the field and almost 750 workers from as far as Georgia and NY have joined our restoration efforts with additional crews arriving throughout the day today". Our goal is to have 90% of customers restored by the end of the day Tuesday and the remainder restored by the end of the day Wednesday. The utility says the storms downed over 2,600 wires.
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You can see Consumer Energy restoration times by checking the utility's outage center here.
Another outage update from DTE is expected by 12 p.m. Monday.
Great Lakes Energy customers can check its outage center here.