Power Companies Warn Customers Ahead of Possible Severe Weather

By: News 10
By: News 10

Storm Preparation Tips

•    Charge electronic devices such as cell phones and laptop and tablet computers, and have fresh batteries available for items such as flashlights and weather radios. 
•    Have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food available, and don’t forget a first aid kit or any prescription medication if needed.  
•    During and after a storm, people are advised to stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is “live” and dangerous. Residents are also reminded to not touch anything a power line may be touching, including trees, fences, other debris and puddles.

The possibility of severe weather beginning Thursday morning has local power companies like Consumers Energy and the Lansing Board of Water and Light urging residents to prepare.

Thunderstorms, heavy rain and high winds are expected, which could affect local utilities, with the possibility of downed trees, and power lines.

Consumers Energy and the Lansing Board of Water and Light are monitoring the weather and tracking forecasts. Both say they are preparing for the possibility of power outages, and damaged lines.

BWL customers should report power outages and downed lines by calling 877-295-5001. Customers can also contact the BWL to report tree limbs on or near power lines. The BWL will work as quickly as possible to restore power to customers who may experience an outage.

Consumers Energy's local service centers are staffed and additional company and contractor crews are on standby to quickly respond to any power outages and downed power lines caused by the expected stormy weather. They ask that customers report any downed wires by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050. Customers who lose power should contact Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050 or online.

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