GALE FORCE WINDS CAUSE WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES
March 7, 2017 – (Onaway) Sustained high winds and downed trees and branches falling onto overhead power lines have caused outages for thousands of residents across northern Michigan. Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) began receiving reports of wind-related outages around 9 a.m. Crews were dispatched early and have already restored power to approximately 4,200 services today. Currently, PIE&G has approximately 4,500 outages that are widespread throughout its nine-county service area. The largest numbers are reported in Montmorency County (Lewiston, Beaver Lake, Hillman and Atlanta areas) followed by areas in Cheboygan County.
PIE&G anticipates that repairs will continue into tomorrow and that members who are currently without power should make preparations now to be without power overnight. The sustained winds are predicted to continue into tomorrow and will contribute to additional outages. Delays in repair times are also anticipated for replacement of broken poles and tree removals from lines. Line crews from Wolverine Power and Homeworks Tri-County are assisting PIE&G and all available personnel will continue restoration efforts into the night.
PIE&G members should contact PIE&G immediately at (800) 423-6634 to report a power outage or any downed power lines. Residents are cautioned to stay at least 25 feet away from any downed wires and to report them immediately to PIE&G or a local law enforcement agency.