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Tue February 22, 2011
Thousands remain without power after "Presidents' Day Storm"
More than 100,000 utility customers in southern Michigan lost power from the "Presidents' Day storm" that hit the state Sunday and Monday... and they're likely to remain without electricity for at least two more days. The Associated Press reports:
Consumers Energy spokesman Tim Pietryga said in a statement Tuesday that most of the Jackson-based utility's customers without power are in Kalamazoo, Lenawee, Monroe, Hillsdale, Calhoun and Branch counties. More than 160,000 customers have been affected.
Pietryga said workers, including 100 utility crews from Indiana and Ohio, should return power to most blacked-out customers by late Thursday evening.
But power may not return to the hardest-hit counties until Friday. DTE Energy Co. reported no major outages.
Six to 10 inches of snow, along with sleet and ice, fell on Lower Michigan between Sunday and Monday.