‘Devastating winter storm’ headed our way.

January 10, 2020

‘Devastating winter storm’ headed our way.

OCEANA COUNTY — “Consumers Energy is prepared for what is expected to be a devastating winter storm beginning early Saturday (Jan. 11),” states Senior Public Information Director Brian Wheeler.

“Freezing rain is expected to begin across much of south central Michigan Saturday morning and continue for several hours. Forecasts are still being updated but as much as one-half to one inch of ice accumulation is possible in a general area from I 94 north to US 10. A half inch of ice can add as much as 500 pounds to a span of power lines. Also accompanying the ice will be gusty winds and heavy snow in northern Michigan.”

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for several counties in West and Central Michigan. The warning will be in effect in Oceana County beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, until 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12.

“This storm will likely lead to downed wires and power outages that could last several days,” Wheeler said. “Hazardous road conditions during and immediately after the storm may delay restoration and damage assessment work as we keep safety our top priority.

“Consumers Energy reminds the public to stay at least 25 feet away from a downed wire and anything it is touching. Report downed wires by calling 9-1-1 and Consumers Energy at ‪800-477-5050‬. Always assume a downed wire, even if not arcing and sparking, is energized. Our crews are ready to respond as quickly as possible, to make situations safe and restore power.

“In addition to being aware of possible downed wires, the public is reminded, if they lose power, to never use a generator in an attached garage, basement, enclosed patio or near any air intakes. Doing so could cause a generator to produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas. Portable generators should be operated 25 feet outside of any building, away from windows, doors and vents.”

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