Central dispatch director reports more than 100 calls during windstorm
More than 3,800 county residents without power at peak of storm
ARENAC COUNTY — Arenac County Central Dispatch Director Steve Wuelfing said that during the windstorms of Oct. 26-27, the county’s E-911 department received a total of 101 calls.
“The majority of them were storm-related,” he said.
In addition, Wuelfing said the department received a total of 24 different fire department pages during that time span, with the majority of those messages regarding downed power lines.
As far as any outside assistance the county may have received, Wuelfing said the county turns all of those requests over to Consumers Energy.
“I do know that they did get some outside help,” he said.
According to a press release issued at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 by Consumers Energy, a total of 3,845 customers in Arenac County were without power at that time. That total was the largest amount of customers that were without power in the county at any point during the storm, according to information from Consumers Energy’s website.
Mary Gust, a spokesperson for Consumers Energy’s Northeast Michigan division, said that power was restored to all Arenac County residents by 4 p.m. She also said that a total of 286,000 customers statewide were without power during the storm.
Arenac County was among the areas hit hardest by the storm, according to Gust. She said the areas that the storm impacted the most were in the northern part of Michigan, as well as Grand Rapids and the Great Lakes Bay region, which is comprised of Saginaw, Bay, Midland, and Arenac counties.
Gust said that in the aftermath of the storm, a total of 75 crews from Ohio and Indiana assisted in restoring power to Michigan, along with 225 Consumers Energy crews and 70 contractor crews.
Jim Keysor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Gaylord office, said the wind speeds in Standish reached a peak of 51 miles per hour at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 27.