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Many still without power after weekend storms

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Posted at 6:28 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 03:26:58-04

LANSING, Mich. — Many people across Michigan are still in the dark after a weekend of storms that knocked out power.

That was followed up with one of the hottest days this year.

Mid Michigan was hit twice this weekend with severe storms. Winds were strong enough to take out trees like what happened to this home in Mason.

"Well I was thinking it was going to blow something down. I didn't know it was going to be trees, fences, everything was just blowing left and right, trash cans," Robert Mask, a Delta Township resident, said.

Mask said he's been without power since Friday night. He's had to take off work because of it.

"Two and a half days of sick time doesn't look good on a paycheck," Mask said.

Crews have made significant progress, but Consumers Energy says it could be Tuesday before all power is restored.

"It's just really been hard. Plus, I've been really sick so I could've used the air," said Sharon Dhanak, who lost power Friday night.

"We tried to stay cool. We were in the basement. That was the coolest so we were able to get a generator, have our fans running, kept the dogs cool," Mask said.

Dhanak and her husband thought they'd go somewhere with air conditioning.

"My husband and I decided then let's just go up north. Traverse City was totally booked with hotels, all of the surrounding little areas like Bates," she said.

Consumers says they have crews working 16-hour shifts until all power is restored. Hot and frustrated customers are hoping that will be sooner rather than later.

"Every day there's a new estimate so it'll go from one time frame to another time frame," Mask said.

According to Consumers, the storm downed more than 2,800 wires.

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