Power outages becoming more widespread, trees down across UP

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UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday:

The Forsyth Township Fire Depatment, Station 1, in Gwinn has recently been opened as a warming shelter until the power is reestablished in the Forsyth Township area. There is food and water available.

As of 5 p.m., UPPCO still had approximately 6,000 UPPCO customers were without power throughout portions of Marquette, Alger, Delta, Houghton and Keweenaw counties due to high winds and adverse weather conditions. The hardest hit areas include Gwinn, Little Lake, Dead River Basin, Au Train, Chatham, Munising and the Keweenaw Peninsula.

UPPCO crews and support staff are continuing to address outages as they occur. Additional support is being provide by contractors and supplemental resources to expedite the restoration effort. UPPCO is also currently experiencing higher than normal call volume due to inclement weather. Customers may experience longer than usual wait times when contacting the Customer Contact Center. Customers can also report outages utilizing UPPCO’s Online Portal.

UPPCO anticipates some customers may be without power through the night, as storm restoration work continues. Customers are encouraged to seek shelter, as necessary, until power is restored as lower temperatures are expected through the evening. UPPCO will continue to release updates as the storm passes and power is restored to all customers. UPPCO advises people to stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a downed line is energized.

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m. Tuesday:

With widespread power outages across the Marquette area, Marquette city staff, along with County Emergency Management officials have opened a warming shelter, staffed by the American Red Cross, at Lakeview Arena in the concessions area from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Coffee, water, and snacks will be provided by the American Red Cross.

Those with health-related issues or oxygen tanks, should contact 911 if the power is out or not restored into the evening hours.

Alger County Emergency Management has also opened three warming shelters. They are located at the Au Train, Mathias, and Chatham township halls. According to Alger County officials, these will be open all night, as power is not expected to be restored quickly.

UPDATE: 12:57 p.m. Tuesday:

The Michigan Department of Transportation has closed eastbound and westbound traffic on M-26/Sand Dunes Drive, between Eagle River and Copper Harbor in Keweenaw County.

High winds and waves are bringing water and debris onto the roadway.

UPDATE: 12:01 p.m. Tuesday:

Cloverland Electric has reported that approximately 3,900 electric services are still out at this time as crews battle strong east to west winds blowing trees into power lines.

According to Cloverland Electric, outages are scattered from the Garden Peninsula to Drummond Island. To report an outage in their coverage area, call 1-800-562-4953.

UPDATE: 11:15 a.m. Tuesday:

UPPCO Vice-President of Business Development and Communications Brett French released an update on power outages in the area.

Approximately 6,000 UPPCO customers were without power in Marquette, Alger, Delta, Houghton and Keweenaw counties this morning due to adverse weather conditions. Hardest hit areas include Gwinn, Au Train and Calumet as well as Hancock and K.I. Sawyer.

UPPCO crews and employees in various company offices are currently working to address outages as they occur. UPPCO has made arrangements to use contracted resources to expedite restoration efforts wherever possible.

UPPCO advises people to stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a downed line is energized.

UPDATE, 10:20 a.m. Tuesday:

UPPCO's website now shows 1,418 customers are without power in Hancock, 1,500+ without power in K.I. Sawyer and 1,013 in Gwinn. There are also many other smaller outages in Alger, Marquette and Delta counties.

The Marquette Board of Light and Power reports widespread outages across its system.

Alger Delta has approximately 350 consumers without power that have reported, but says there are many more than this affected.

Presque Isle Park in Marquette is also closed Tuesday, according to the Marquette Police Department. Lakeshore Boulevard remains closed between Hawley Street and Wright Street.

As strong winds and heavy rain move across eastern Upper Michigan, there is a growing number of power outage reports.

As of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, UPPCO's website shows outages scattered across Marquette and Alger counties. We Energies reports an outage near Limestone Township. Alger-Delta says it has crews on standby in case of outages.

A number of schools along the Lake Superior shoreline from Marquette to the east have canceled classes for Tuesday.

In Marquette, Lakeshore Boulevard is closed to traffic from Hawley Street to Wright Street.

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