Consumers continues power restoration efforts

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JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) -- Consumers Energy crews continue to restore power to hundreds of thousands of customers after Thursday night's winter storm.

More than 109,000 customers have had power restored, according to a press release.

About 122,000 customers across the state still were experiencing power outages, as of 4 p.m. Friday.

The majority of these customers should have power restored by late Sunday, with the hardest hit areas continuing into Monday, according to the release.

Most affected customers are from West Michigan, where an ice storm left tree branches down and power lines and other electrical equipment coated in ice.

More than 1,200 Consumers Energy crews and contractors, along with 200 mutual assistance crews from Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee have been working to restore power to these customers on Friday.

Gusts of 55 mph overnight Thursday and into Friday have made it more difficult for crews to get power restored, according to the release.

“We are optimistic that weather will subside this evening, which will help stop new outages and improve working conditions for our crews,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy vice president of electric operations.