More than 17,000 Great Lakes Energy (GLE) members are without power following persistent, heavy wind activity throughout yesterday evening and into this morning. All available GLE and contract line crews have been dispatched and are working to restore service.
Outages are reported across 25 counties throughout the Great Lakes Energy service territory. Areas most impacted with outages are Antrim, Charlevoix, Crawford, Emmet, Kalkaska, Lake, Mason, Osceola, Oscoda, and Otsego counties. Most of the damage is attributed to gusting winds, which reached upwards of 60mph, knocking down trees and tree limbs.
Great Lakes Energy members are reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to also stay clear of trees and limbs hanging on the lines. Members using generators should ensure they are connected properly and legally with a transfer switch so they do not back feed into the powerlines and cause harm to workers.
Current outage information by counties and zip codes is updated on the Great Lakes Energy website, www.gtlakes.com, by visiting Storm Central.
Great Lakes Energy members can report their power outage online, on the Great Lakes Energy app, or by calling 888-485-2537.