Utilities prepare for winter storm

Posted at 4:07 AM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 04:07:59-05

Lights out are almost a guarantee with the winter storm coming through Mid-Michigan Wednesday night.

"We're well stocked and ready to go," said Terry DeDoes of Consumers Energy.

He says, they've been tracking this storm all week, and warned their crews to be ready to work.

"The real potential is for trees to get all this extra weight on them and to come into our lines," DeDoes said.

The heavy, wet snow in this storm can weigh down tree branches and power lines, which utility companies say they're ready for.

Dick Peffley from the Lansing Board of Water & Light says they've been working to cut back tree limbs since the ice storm, and they're hoping that work will pay off Wednesday night.

"Even if it's heavy and it weighs down some of the branches, most of those in the area that we've trimmed will not bring power lines down," Peffley said.

But if the power does go out, Inspector Michael Roberts from the Delta Township Fire Department says, be ready.

"You want to make sure you have a plan before a weather emergency event happens," Roberts said.

He's warning people to check generators, and make sure they're outside your home.

"They're a normal combustion engine," Roberts said. "which means they have exhaust, and it can contain carbon monoxide."

He wants homeowners to be ready, so they don't put themselves at risk in the dark.