52,000 People Still Without Power

About 52,000 utility customers remain without power in southern Michigan after a winter storm swept through the state last weekend.
Consumers Energy spokesman Tim Pietryga (puh-TREE'-guh) says in a statement Wednesday that most of the Jackson-based utility's customers without power are in Kalamazoo, Lenawee, Monroe, Hillsdale, Calhoun and Branch counties.
More than 189,000 customers have been affected.
Rufus Gladney, vice president of energy operations for the utility, says it's taking "considerably more time to restore service" because of "significant damage" to the electric system.
Workers, including 120 utility crews from Indiana and Ohio, are expected to restore power to most blacked-out customers by late Thursday evening. But power may be out until Friday in the hardest-hit counties, where the company is working with the American Red Cross.

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