storm hits Michigan
3:39 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

This is Michigan. And this is what we do. (Dig out after storms).

The state's three main airports report business has returned almost to normal, after crews spent the evening clearing runways of snow and ice.  Up to ten inches fell overnight.  In many cases, that was more snow than fell during the so-dubbed "Snowpocalypse," a few weeks ago. 

Detroit Metro Airport spokesman Mike Conway says the big problem last night was the roadways leading to the airport.  He says it took a long time for taxis to return from outlying suburbs, and there was congestion as cars and taxis lined up outside terminals.

Conways says there are a few flight delays and cancellations.  But those delays are due to problems at airports in other areas serviced by Detroit Metro, not problems at the airport itself.

Bishop International Airport in Flint says there is an occasional cancellation, but for the most part flights are leaving on time.  Ford International reports delays but not many cancellations.

Meanwhile, more than 120,000 people remain without power in the state.  One of the worst-hit areas of the state was Kalamazoo, where nearly 46,000 people lost electricity.

Terry DeDoes is a spokesman with Consumer's Energy. He says the ice plus snow is a bad combination.

"We're expecting to have a majority of the customers restored by Wednesday night," says Dedoes. 
"However, some of the harder hit areas, it may go into Thursday before we have all those customers brought back online."

DeDoes says people who have lost power should be careful especially when using generators. Customers who spot downed wires should call 911.