Consumers Energy works to restore power across Michigan

Grand Rapids, Mich., July 5, 2012 — About 70,600 Consumers Energy electric customers are without service due to the thunderstorms that swept across the state July 5. Since early this morning, more than 97,000 customers have been affected by weather-related outages.

The approximate numbers of Consumers Energy electric customers remaining without service in the following counties are as follows: Clinton (8,850); Eaton (960); Genesee (36,410); Gratiot (3,260); Hillsdale (600); Ingham (1,980); Ionia (900); Isabella (2,180); Jackson (40); Kent (380); Lake (35); Livingston (3,480); Manistee (290); Mecosta (410); Monroe (280); Montcalm (5,870); Oakland (600); Ottawa (130); Saginaw (4,430); and Shiawassee (8,060).

Utility, line clearing and contract crews have been working to restore power since early July 5 morning. Additional crews are being added to this effort to respond to customer needs. A majority of customers without electric service are slated for restoration by late July 6. Customers in the hardest hit counties, including Genesee, Ingham and Clinton, may not receive electric service until Saturday or Sunday. Estimates will be updated as assessment and repairs continue.

With the extreme temperatures continuing today across Michigan, cooling centers are being opened in the hardest hit areas by the American Red Cross and emergency management agencies.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corp., provides natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of the state's nearly 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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