People in Mid-Michigan Preparing for Long Power Outage

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email

More than 170,000 people across Michigan are still in the dark Monday night, that's down from 284,000 right after the storm moved through the state Sunday.

In Ingham County, there are 6,200 outages, 5,900 in Eaton County, 1,900 in Clinton County, 9,500 in Jackson County, and 2,400 in Hillsdale County.

Consumers Energy has even brought in crews to help from states as far away as Kentucky to get power restored as quickly as possible.

In Holt, one of the harder hit areas where people still are without power, Mike Bailey was able to borrow a generator from his friend who still had power.

"I got the generator going about 9:30 this morning," Bailey said. "Everything's working now except for the range (oven)."

Bailey said he was able to run a line out of his home usually reserved for his hot tub.

Meanwhile, his neighbor Mary Rutledge and her family just up the road only have a generator large enough to power their fridge.

"We're hoping for some heat, and just to be able to flush the toilet... the little things," she said laughing.

Rutledge said they were working to get a bigger generator for the night.

"It has been quite an experience," she said. "The kids don't know quite what to do, it's fine when there's daylight out... but we'll just make the best of it."

With colder weather rolling in, while Cindy Wilkinson has a smaller generator going, she said she'll be relying on her wood-burning stove and a few candles to get her through the next few nights.

"I'll be fine, we've got lots of wood... the generator's keeping some of the lights on and the fridge going," she said. "They're usually pretty good about getting it back on pretty quick so hopefully tomorrow, we'll be hopeful."

Consumers Energy says they are aiming to have all customers back online by the end of the week, if not sooner.

You can check the Consumers Energy outage map by clicking the link below.

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