Crews from Indiana and Tennessee will start arriving in Michigan as early as Wednesday after storms knocked out power to more than 115,000 Consumers Energy customers.

The major outages stretch from Ludington to Houghton Lake to Standish. As of 4 a.m. Wednesday, 98,700 Consumers Energy customers remained without power, the utility company said. 

“We are committed to working as quickly as we can to turn on the lights for our friends and neighbors who were affected by the latest storms,” said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president of electric grid integration. “We appreciate our customers’ patience. Our crews are in the field right now to assess damage and repair poles, wires and equipment damaged by Mother Nature.”

Power is expected to be fully restored by the end of day Friday. 

“This has been a significant storm, in addition to bad weather starting over the weekend that affected an additional 110,000 customers,” Sparks said. “We appreciate the help from our colleagues from outside the state, and know that it will help us to get our job done safely and quickly.”

Several more rounds of rain and thunderstorms were forecast, with rain heavy at times, the National Weather Service said. A flood watch for portions of central, south-central, southwest and west-central Michigan was in effect until 8 a.m. Wednesday, the weather service said, after storms raked the region on Tuesday.

The outages come as Consumers was restoring power to nearly 100,000 customers who lost power on Sunday. The storm knocked down 600 electric lines with winds that exceeded 60 mph, the company said.

“As we restored power earlier Tuesday, we were anticipating this storm and making sure workers and equipment were in place to respond,” Sparks said. “We will work safely around the clock until every customer is restored.”

A flood watch remains in effect

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