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Thousands in the dark after weekend spring storm

Posted at 7:35 PM, Apr 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-15 19:35:00-04

MID-MICHIGAN (WSYM) - Thousands of Mid-Michigan residents are in the dark following a weekend spring storm that is bringing rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow.

At 2:00p.m. Sunday over 44,000 customers are without power according to the Consumers Energy outage map.

Nearly 5,000 Consumers Energy customers are in the dark in Calhoun County. In Eaton and Ingham counties over 3,000 customers are in the dark.

Consumers Energy spokesperson Terry Dedoes tells FOX 47 News crews are being dispatched from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana to help restore power to Mid-Michigan.

Over 118,000 Consumers Energy customers have experienced power outages since the storms began early Saturday morning.

Dedoes says current weather conditions are making restoration efforts difficult but have already restored power to over 80,000 customers.

The utility company expects to completely restore power to everyone by 11 p.m. Monday.

Residents in the City of Lansing are also experiencing outages. According to the Lansing Board of Water and Light outage map, over 4,000 outages are being reported.

Calls have been flowing into Ingham County Central Dispatch of trees falling on power lines and sparking.

According to dispatch, Bellevue Road and Edgar Road in Onondaga Township is closed due to a power line down. Gunn Road between Holt Road and Willoughby Road in Delhi Township is closed due to a power line down.

East Lansing Police report traffic signals from Kalamazoo to Trowbridge Roads are not working. They’re asking motorists to avoid the area.