April 15, 2018 4 p.m.
Power has been restored to nearly 20,000 Great Lakes Energy members in 22 counties following the major storm that arrived late Friday night and continues to cause problems this afternoon.
Crews work Sunday afternoon to restore power to the remaining 668 GLE members in parts of Allegan, Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Kalkaska, and Otsego counties. More outages are possible as the storm is not expected to exit the state until sometime Monday.
Restoration crews made good progress Saturday after the first storm wave brought at least a foot of wet, heavy snow in some areas along with ice, wintry mix and damaging winds. At 9 p.m. Saturday, power had been restored to nearly 11,000 GLE members throughout the cooperative’s 26 county service area with little over 500 remaining without power.
GLE crews assisted by outside contractor crews continue their repair work Sunday after the second wave of the storm arrived Saturday night bringing more destructive winds, ice and wintry mix.
Great Lakes Energy members are reminded to stay away from downed power lines and also stay clear of trees and limbs hanging on the lines. Current outage information by counties and zip codes is updated every 15 minutes on the Great Lakes Energy website, www.gtlakes.com, by visiting Storm Central.
Great Lakes Energy members can report their power outage by calling 888-485-2537 or by logging into their online account.