Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Halifax area

Clay Curtis
July 22, 2019

Two utilities say it could take until Wednesday to restore power for everyone.

Saturday's storm resulted in numerous downed trees and power lines throughout Lapeer County, and has kept local fire departments, the Lapeer County Road Commission and local departments of public works busy responding to the calls of downed wires and trees.

"Adding Isabella I and Isabella II to DTE's generation portfolio will help us accelerate Michigan's transition to cleaner energy and reduce carbon emissions at least 80% by 2040", said Irene Dimitry, vice president of Business Planning and Development for Michigan-based DTE.

Hundreds of McHenry County residents are without power after a thunderstorm swept through the area Saturday afternoon. That makes the storm the worst of 2019, and one of the largest since March 2017.

"We definitely understand their extreme frustration with the delay in their restoration", said DTE spokeswoman Heather Rivard. "More than 1,100 crews are now working around the clock to restore power".

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Crews have restored power for over 173,000 customers as of Monday morning, according to a press release.

Consumers Energy estimates it will have all power restored by the end of Tuesday.

You can see Consumer Energy restoration times by checking the utility's outage center here.

Great Lakes Energy had fewer than 350 outages remaining tonight. Customers with Great Lakes Energy as their power supplier reported almost 5,000 outages in three different counties.

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