Consumers Energy: "Significant progress" in restoring power

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Consumers Energy has made "significant progress" in restoring power to customers across Michigan affected by this week's severe winter weather.

Consumers has restored power to over 85 percent of its customers who lost power this week, according to a release from the company Saturday night. 31,000 out of 231,000 customers remain without power.

“We thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we continue our work around the clock to restore power,” Guy Packard, Consumers Energy’s vice president of electric operations, said in the release.

More than 2,700 people were involved in the company's efforts to restore power. Consumers' crews were joined by crews from eight states: Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Final restoration for customers in the hardest hit areas may continue into Monday. Remaining outages seem to be concentrated in three counties: Kent, Ionia and Montcalm, according to Consumers Energy's outage map Saturday night.

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