Power outages in Big Rapids, Reed City and Evart

16,000 residents in Big Rapids, Reed City and Evart are without power this afternoon. Meceola Central Dispatch officials say there is a problem with one of the main trunklines. Consumers Energy is aware of the situation. 911 officials want to remind Big Rapids motorists that all 4-way intersections should be treated at a stop. If you are without power, please contact Consumers at 1-800 477-5050.

Drunk driver knocks out power for 1,600 people in Cadillac

It wasn't the weather but an alleged drunk driver who knocked out electricity for an estimated 1,600 Consumers Energy customers this morning in Cadillac. Police say the accident happened around 1am this morning where they say the driver was traveling on N.East Street and crashed into a utility pole. Another driver witnessed the incident and described the car to authorities. Police caught up to the driver a short time later and arrested the suspect on drunk driving charges as well as driving away from the scene of an accident. A Consumers Energy Spokesperson say power was restored around 5am.

Update: Power restored to 2,300 Consumers Energy customers in Big Rapids

Power has been fully restored to 2,300 Big Rapids Consumers Energy customers. A Consumers Spokesperson says they are still trying to find the cause of the outage. Big Rapids residents lost power around 11:45am.

Power outages in Mecosta and Newaygo Counties

Consumer Energy crews continue to work this morning to restore power to around 800 of its customers in Newaygo and Mecosta Counties. Consumers Officials say severe weather over the weekend caused downed trees, road closures and power outages in parts of the two counties. They expect power to be restored later in the day.

City-wide power outage a result of Consumers Energy

A power outage that shut down most of the city of Big Rapids this afternoon and early evening was a direct result of Consumers Energy. Representatives from their media relations department said they had to shut down an electrical substation to do maintenance work and that the power outage would only last an hour. No press releases had been issued prior to the outage.

UPDATE: 5,300 still without power due to overnight thunderstorms

Just about 5,300 Consumers Energy customers in West-Central Michigan still remain without power this morning after severe thunderstorms swept across the state Tuesday night. Areas with the most outages include 6,500 customers in Kent County, 1,250 in Allegan County and 730 in Montcalm County. Consumers says the hardest hit areas like Kent, Montcalm and Allegan counties might not have power restored until Friday.

Great Lakes Energy continues to restore power to thousands of customers

Power has been restored to approximately 13,660 Great Lakes Energy members, leaving just over 110 members without power as of 8:30 this morning. Crews are continuing work today to restore power to remaining members without power. Great Lakes Energy repair crews worked until 11p.m. last night to repair widespread outages in its 26 county service territory which includes Mecosta, Newaygo, Osceola and Wexford counties. Current outage information that is updated every 15 minutes can be viewed on the Great Lakes Energy website, www.gtlakes.com, by clicking on Storm Central.

White Cloud schools closed

White Cloud Public Schools are closed today due to a power outage.

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