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Ice storm followed by high winds could mean more bad news

Around 218,000 customers lost power in Monday's storms.
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High winds are forecast for Wednesday.

And that could slow down the work to restore power to thousands of people after the weekend's severe ice storm.

The storm's path went through Lansing, Owosso and Flint.

Mary Palkovich is with Consumers Energy.

"This is the worst storm that Consumers Energy has had during Christmas week in its 120 year history," says Palkovich.  "It's unprecedented."

As of 4:30 pm Tuesday, about 152,000 Consumers Energy customers still have no power, as well as 49,000  DTE customers, and 12,000 Lansing Board of Water and Light customers.

People are being asked to stay clear of any downed lines, and go to a  shelter if they have no other warm place to go.

DTE and Consumers Energy maintain outage maps where people can go to find out when their own power is likely to be restored.


Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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