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After major power outage, some Michiganders expected to be in the dark until Friday

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Tens of thousands of people in northern Lower Michigan are still waiting to get their electricity turned back on.

Severe storms Tuesday night into Wednesday knocked out power to more than 150,000 Consumers Energyand Great Lakes Energy Cooperativecustomers.

Consumers spokesman Brian Wheeler expects it will probably take until Friday to get electricity restored.

“The outages we’ve seen stretch pretty solidly from the Ludington area on the west side of the state to….the Midland area on the east side of the state” says Wheeler, “So there is a lot of ground to cover.”

Utility crews from Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky are helping the restoration effort.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.