Severe thunderstorms, lightening, powerful winds and heavy rain swept through parts of northern Michigan last evening causing heavy tree and power line damage that knocked out power for thousands of Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) members.

A number of 911 calls were also received reporting trees on lines and downed lines. PIE&G kept standby crews working all night assessing damage and making repairs, while five additional crews and dispatchers worked until 2 a.m.

So far, PIE&G predicts approximately 7,300 services were out at the height of the storm. Crews were able to restore all but 2,127 services by this morning. The worst storm damage occurred in Montmorency County. Those still without power include members in Atlanta, Lewiston, Hillman and Beaver Lake, with several still out in Canada Creek, Fingerboard, Onaway and Bois Blanc Island. So far, crews have found at least four broken poles along with significant tree damage and many downed lines.

PIE&G has called in additional help from outside contractors, but due to the widespread damage and time required for repairs, efforts will likely carry over into Friday. Please make preparations and plan accordingly.

PIE&G appreciates its members’ patience as restoral efforts continue. Member Services staff are available to assist at 1-800-423-6634 or you may check our Outage Map at for progress.

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, 911 or a local law enforcement agency.