Severe Thunderstorm Sunday Causes Major Power Outages
Severe thunderstorms swept through the UP and Michigan’s northern lower peninsula Sunday afternoon leaving approximately 4,830 Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op services without power. Wind speeds of 60 mph were reported along with hail and driving rain, snapping trees and branches onto overhead power lines. The hardest hit areas were Cheboygan and Presque Isle Counties including Mullet Lake, Cheboygan, Tower, Millersburg, Fingerboard Corners, Black Lake and Hawks. There were also outages in Montmorency County near Atlanta and Canada Creek. PIE&G crews were dispatched early and with the help of Wolverine Power, linemen worked through the night and have already restored power to approximately 4,600 services. Currently, PIE&G has approximately 232 outages, most of which are near Black Lake, Bois Blanc Island and Mullet Lake.
More storms are predicted this afternoon. PIE&G anticipates delays in repair times over the next several days to replace broken poles and for tree removals from lines. Members who are currently without power should make preparations accordingly. PIE&G has all available personnel working and will continue restoration efforts.
PIE&G members should contact PIE&G immediately at (800) 423-6634 to report their 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.