November 16, 2018

High winds create spotty power outages around region

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By Scott Nunn

NORTHERN MICHIGAN — A weather system with strong wind gusts has created spotty power outages around the region, according to the Consumers Energy website.

In Oscoda County 12.6 percent of Consumers Energy’s customers are without power. To the south in Ogemaw County an estimated 9.1 percent are without power. In Arenac County 3.3 percent are in the dark.

The National Weather Service Gaylord Office is forecasting high winds to continue through 5 p.m. with wind gusts up to 45 mph. The winds could create hazardous driving for high-profile vehicles and cause downed tree limbs and power lines, which could lead to sporadic power outages.

Anyone who sees a downed wire is asked to report it by calling 911 and Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050.

Consumers Energy customers can also sign up for outage alerts and restoration times to be sent to their phone or email. To sign up, text “REG” to 232273 or go to www.consumersenergy.com/alerts.

To view current outages, visit the Consumers Energy Outage Map.

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