PIE&G line-crews continue restoration efforts despite strong winds and dropping temperatures today. Gale-force winds yesterday caused significant, widespread power outages for utilities across the state, including approximately 22,000 services on PIE&G’s system. About 17,740 services have been restored by this afternoon, with approximately 4,175 services still out. The largest number of current outages are in Cheboygan and Montmorency counties.

Crews have replaced 9 damaged poles and at least 8 more broken poles were found so far needing replacement. Repairs for these and tree removals from lines will take additional time before some restorations can be completed.  PIE&G has extra crews and equipment from Kent Power, Wolverine Power, Campbell Electric, and Thumb Electric Cooperative. With the extensive tree and line damage spread across its nine-county service area, PIE&G expects some repairs will continue into tomorrow and possibly Sunday. Members who are still without power this evening, should prepare to be without power until then.

PIE&G will work continuously through the night again and this weekend to get as many services restored as safely and quickly as possible. PIE&G extends its appreciation to members for their patience and understanding.

PIE&G members should contact PIE&G immediately at (800) 423-6634 to report their power outage or any downed power lines. Stay at least 25 feet away from any downed wires, assume they are energized, and report them immediately to PIE&G or local law enforcement (911).