Sustained strong winds of 25 to 35 mph and gusts reaching over 60 mph last night and early this morning has caused significant, widespread power outages for thousands of Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) members. Since this morning, approximately 14,100 services were predicted to be without power on PIE&G’s distribution system, with 4,766 services now restored. Currently, PIE&G estimates approximately 9,340 outages that are located throughout its nine-county service area. The largest numbers are reported in Cheboygan, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties.
PIE&G anticipates that repairs will continue for several days and that members who are currently without power should make preparations now to be without power overnight. Most of the UP and northern Michigan is under a high wind warning until 4 pm today with gusts of up to 60 mph. The winds are predicted to calm down later tonight but more falling trees may contribute to additional outages. Longer repair times are also anticipated for replacement of at least six broken poles found so far, and for tree removals from lines. PIE&G is being assisted by line crews from Kent Power and Wolverine Power and expect four additional contract crews soon. Crews will continue working to make repairs into tonight and will start early again tomorrow, along with dispatchers and phone support by office staff.
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 (911).