Warming centers open in response to power outages, dropping temperatures

Posted at 10:47 AM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 14:12:37-05

The city of Jackson has opened several warming centers available to people who are still waiting for their power to be restored by local utility companies. A list of the warming centers and their locations can be found to the right of this article.

More than a million customers in Michigan were left without power on Wednesday March 8, 2017 after high winds moving across the state took down power lines and knocked down trees.

As of Friday morning, Lansing's Board of Water & Light reported 2,032 outages remaining, with restoration times being estimated complete by 11:59 PM on Saturday, March 11. Consumers Energy's outage map shows 15,627 customers in Jackson County still without power.

Utility crews continue to work to restore power to the people affected by the storm.

“The wind storm that hit the Lansing area and the state of Michigan was unprecedented,” said General Manager Dick Peffley. “We’re fortunate that we’ve been able to restore 90 percent of our customers without power in the 36 hours since the storm ended Wednesday night. Thanks to our mutual aid agreements, we have additional line and tree crews in the field today to continue restoring power to our remaining customers. I appreciate our customers’ patience and understand their frustration about not having power. We’re working around the clock to get everyone back on as quickly and safely as possible.”

Please stay at least 25 feet from downed lines. Intersections with traffic signals out should be treated as 4-way stops.