UPDATE — 7:30 a.m. December 28th, 2015 (EST)
Cloverland Electric Cooperative reports approximately 250 power outages this morning following the high wind event that impacted much of Michigan on Christmas Eve. These power outages are affecting seasonal service locations on islands near the DeTour and Cedarville areas.
Repairs will continue today and cleanup service work over the next several days including additional pole replacements.
Cloverland Electric members are asked to call the cooperative at 1-800-562-4953 and report any trees on power lines so that its crews can remove them safely.
Since Christmas Eve, more than 14,000 Cloverland Electric members have been affected by outages due to the high wind event. Cloverland Electric thanks its members for their patience and understanding.
UPDATE — 7:10 p.m. December 24th, 2015 (EST)
The Upper Peninsula Power Company reports that under 600 customers were without power just after 5:00 p.m. this evening as crews continued to work. UPPCO crews have been out since 6:00 a.m. addressing outages that impacted around 6,000 customers across ten U.P. counties.
High winds caused numerous tree limbs to fall on power lines, resulting in outages from Blaney Park to Houghton, in Delta and Marquette Counties, and in the Keweenaw, where twelve UPPCO crews alone worked to fix the issues. Windy conditions continued to cause outages in some areas while crews worked to restore power.
In the eastern U.P., the Cloverland Electric Cooperative reports that around 7,600 outages still remain as of 6:15 p.m. due to high winds. Many line section outages and hundreds of individual service location outages remain.
Cloverland will continue restoration efforts into the evening, but they recommend that members plan accordingly as power may not be restored tonight. For information on shelters available in Chippewa County for those needing overnight accommodations, dial 211.
UPPER PENINSULA — Power outages caused by high winds have been affecting many Upper Peninsula residents this Christmas Eve.
Upper Peninsula Power Company customers have been subject to scattered outages throughout the day. Early this afternoon, UPPCO’s electric outage website was reporting over 700 customers without power in Lake Linden, Escanaba, and many nearby areas. UPPCO announced via Twitter that crews are making progress in addressing the outages.
In the eastern U.P., Cloverland Electric Cooperative reported around 7,400 outages as of noon due to the high winds. Officials at the Co-op say an ATC transmission outage that happened around 3:30 a.m. affected the Goetzville, DeTour-Drummond Island, Pickford, and Talentino substations. Downed power lines, broken poles, and trees on power lines have been reported in that area.
Cloverland crews are responding as quickly and as safely as conditions allow, and contract crews have been brought in to assist in the cleanup. Cloverland customers are asked to call 1-800-562-4953 if they see downed power lines or trees in contact with power lines.
Residents are advised to stay clear of downed power lines and assume that any power line remains energized.
You can use the links below to find the latest information on power outages in your area.
- UPPCO Current Electric Outages Page
- @UPPCOStorm on Twitter
- Cloverland Outage Alerts and Updates Page
- Cloverland Electric Co-op Facebook