UPDATE: Crews continue efforts to restore power across Upper Michigan

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UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. (WLUC) - The latest on power outages across Upper Michigan following major winter storms Wednesday and Sunday:

Snow sticks to utility poles and power lines in K.I. Sawyer, Nov. 28, 2019 (WLUC image).

UPDATE at 6:05 a.m. eastern Tuesday:

UPPCO says crew are continuing to work in effort to restore power to its customers across Upper Michigan.

The company says there are approximately 80 customers without power as of Tuesday morning. Crews are working at 57 difficult spots, working their way through troublesome areas.

Brett French, Vice President of Business Development and Communications for UPPCO, says power is expected to be restored Tuesday.

Once power is restored, UPPCO says it will be conducting storm cleanup at areas hit the hardest by Sunday's winter storm.

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UPDATE at 9:50 a.m. eastern Sunday:

Sunday's weather is adding to the number of outages UPPCO is currently managing. About 2,175 customers are currently without power, and UPPCO says the number is expected to increase as the day progresses. Crews are currently working throughout the area to restore power as quickly as possible.

Click here to see the UPPCO outage map.

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UPDATE at 8:20 a.m. eastern Sunday:

UPPCO says its crews have been out in full force since early Sunday morning working to restore power as more heavy snow falls. About 1,100 customers are currently out of power. Several new outages occurred during the night due to the winter storm that is now affecting the area.

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UPDATE at 8:00 a.m. eastern Sunday:

Hundreds of UPPCO customers are without power Sunday morning as another round of winter weather hits. Click here for the outage map from UPPCO.

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UPDATE at 10:15 p.m. eastern Friday:

About 1,200 customers remain without power in Marquette County.... most are in the Ishpeming and Forsyth Township areas with a few scattered outages elsewhere.

There are roughly 400 outages in Alger County. UPPCO hopes that number will be reduced to 100 by sunrise.

There are also scattered power outages in Keweenaw County.

UPPCO says some utility crews will be taking a mandatory break, but will be replaced by other crews that will work throughout the night.

UPPCO is getting additional help from utility crews in Madison, Wisconsin and MJ Electric.

UPPCO warns another storm this weekend could create more problems. They continue to urge residents to report outages and downed power lines.

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UPDATE at 8:00 p.m. eastern Friday:

UPPCO says the number of outages is 2,300. The number was bumped up Friday after new outages were reported. Most of the outages are in Marquette and Alger Counties.

UPPCO says crews are out in full force well into the night. They will take a mandatory rest before resuming work in the morning. The company anticipates some customers will still not have power Saturday morning.

UPDATE at 6:05 p.m. eastern Friday:

Utility workers have been working through the day Friday to restore power to Upper Michigan residents.

The Upper Peninsula Power Company says that approximately 1,200 of its customers remain without power, as of sunrise Friday. At the time of posting, no update on evening numbers of outages has been provided by UPPCO.

Cloverland Electric was only reporting roughly 200 customers without power as of 5:30 p.m. eastern. The company says crews will continue to work into the night to get lights on for as many people as possible.

We Energies is still working as well, and reports about 600 outages remain at 6 p.m. eastern.

355 customers are still without power through the Alger-Delta Cooperative.

The Marquette BLP is also reporting some outages still, though no definite number has been provided.

As the next storm comes in Saturday, please remember to check on your neighbors who may have been without power and who may have issues as the next batch of heavy snow arrives in Upper Michigan.

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UPDATE at 7:30 a.m. eastern Friday:

Utility workers have been working through the night to restore power to Upper Michigan residents.

UPPCO says that approximately 1,200 of its customers remain without power. About 300 outages are being reported in Ishpeming area, plus about 200 in the Houghton area. There are additional outages that UPPCO says are scattered throughout the area. Power has mostly been restored in K.I. Sawyer.

The company says it hopes to have power fully restored Friday. Many of these customers have been without power for 48 hours, after a winter storm gripped the Upper Peninsula Wednesday.

UPPCO is also working on resolving issues with its online outage map.

UPPCO is also tracking the approaching winter storm, which could bring more wet, heavy snow Saturday night into Sunday.

Cloverland Electric says its crews returned to work at 7:00 a.m. Friday after mandatory safety rest. Cloverland has approximately 1,200 outages remaining primarily through Chippewa, Mackinac and Luce counties.

These outages are in 89 different locations so Cloverland says its crews will work steadily to get members powered back on as safely and quickly as possible. The greatest number of outages remain in Whitefish township (262), Sugar Island (315), Hulbert (191), McMillan (141), Lakefield (42) and Newton (73) townships.

There are many additional outages scattered throughout the territory. Thankfully the weather has cooperated Friday, Cloverland says. The utility says it greatly appreciates the continued patience and understanding of members during this extended outage.

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UPDATE at 6:10 p.m. eastern Thursday:

Brett French, Vice President of Business Development and Communications for UPPCO, says roughly 2,500 customers are still without power as of 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

Some of those customers will regain power Thursday night, but French estimates about 1,200 will still not have power by sunrise Friday.

UPPCO crews are still out working Thursday evening to restore electricity as quickly as possible.

French advised customers to maintain their safety, and make plans if you need to stay somewhere else.

To check outage maps, though some aren't updating, check out the links below.

Click here to see the UPPCO outage map. NOTE: UPPCO says it is experiencing issues with its outage map.

Click here to see the We Energies outage map.

Click here to see the Marquette BLP outage map.

Click here to see the Cloverland Electric Coop outage map. NOTE: Cloverland says it is experiencing issues with its outage map.

Click here to see the Alger Delta Cooperative Electric outage map.

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UPDATE at 4:25 p.m. eastern Thursday:

Cloverland Electric Cooperative reports approximately 2,600 outages remain across its five-county service territory. Outage numbers on Wednesday peaked briefly to 10,000 when the transmission line serving the Eastern Upper Peninsula experienced a momentary fault.

Cloverland Electric members still without power at 6 p.m. tonight may want to consider alternate arrangements as necessary to ensure their safety during this extended outage. Those who depend on electricity for medical equipment should continue an emergency back-up plan for alternate sources of power or alternate lodging. Members with unmet, non-emergency needs should call 2-1-1.

“We had outage reports coming in from all corners of our service territory and our line crews have worked tirelessly,” said Cloverland’s President and CEO Mike Heise. “Our co-op members have been very understanding and we want to thank them for their patience, particularly during the holiday.”

All available crews from the co-op’s five divisions worked through the holiday. Line crews began responding to outages early Wednesday morning and worked late into the evening before mandatory safety rest. Approximately 5,500 members were without power overnight as a result of storm damage that included downed lines, trees on lines and broken poles. Heavy snow continued to cause additional outages making it challenging for crews. Restoration efforts continued early Thanksgiving morning with the help of mutual aid crews from Bay City Electric Light & Power and HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative. Crews will continue working late into Thanksgiving evening at which time they will take mandatory safety rest. Restoration efforts will resume early Friday morning. Crews restored over 16,000 outages since the start of the storm.

Cloverland Electric reminds the public to stay safe and stay clear of downed power lines and report them by calling 1-800-562-4953 or local law enforcement agencies. Those with access to www.cloverland.com and Cloverland Electric’s Facebook page can stay current on restoration efforts and the latest updates available. However, the co-op reminds its members not use Facebook or other social media platforms to report outages, post service addresses or other account information.

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UPDATE at 2:40 p.m. eastern Thursday:

According to the UPPCO Twitter account, as of 12:30 p.m., roughly 4,000 people were still without power.

UPPCO says they are continuing to assess and respond to the damage that was caused by Wednesday's storm and they are unable to provide any estimates for restoring power to any specific area at this time due to the widespread nature of the outages.

They ask everyone for continued patience as crews continue to restore power.

The Marquette Board of Light and Power is currently experiencing outages across its service territory. MBLP says crews have been working around the clock and will continue to work until all power is restored to those affected.

Thursday evening, at roughly 5 or 6 p.m., a community Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Autrain Township Hall, which is also serving as a warming center for those in the area without power.

A viewer told TV6 & FOX UP that residents are banding together to provide hams, potatoes, green beans and other items for the meal.

Games and activities are also being planned for those families who may attend, the viewer said.

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UPDATE at 12:45 p.m. eastern Thursday:

Forsyth Township Emergency Management is continuing to coordinate with local departments and Marquette County agencies. The storm itself is past however clean up and recovery efforts will be on going for some time yet.

UPPCO informed the township this morning that 100 percent of available crews are in the field working to restore power as quickly as possible. They warn residents, additional and new outages may still occur Thursday as trees and limbs are still very laden with heavy snow and ice.

Please contact UPPCO if a new outage occurs.

If residents need a warming shelter, the Forsyth Township Fire Hall in downtown Gwinn is open. Also, most of the Gwinn business district has power as of 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

Marquette County Road Commission is working hard to clear the roads of snow and ice. They warn if you encounter a tree across a roadway please call 911.

We encourage residents to check on their neighbors especially the elderly.

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UPDATE at 11:00 a.m. eastern Thursday:

Electrical crews are still out across Upper Michigan, fixing down power lines and restoring power as quickly as possible.

For those in Alger County, Deputy Schierschmidt said shelters have been set up at the Mathias Township and Autrain Township halls. Electricity, food and water are available.

Deputy Schierschmidt also asked residents to check on their neighbors, especially those who may not have power or a phone to contact someone for assistance.

Anyone needing assistance in Alger County is asked to contact the Alger County Sheriff's Office at 906-387-4444 or to call 911.

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UPDATE at 9:30 a.m. eastern Thursday:

The Marquette Board of Light and Power is currently experiencing outages across its service territory. MBLP says crews have been working around the clock and will continue to work until all power is restored to those affected.

The magnitude of this storm has impacted the MBLP system significantly; restoration of power may take longer than a typical outage. Heavy wet snow, icy conditions and downed trees are the main contributing factors to the current outage.

Please contact the Marquette Board of Light & Power at 906-228-0300 to report any downed lines. If a customer comes across a downed power line, the MBLP advises that you stay away from the line and report the downed line to the proper authorities.

The MBLP is currently experiencing a high volume of calls. If you do not reach a MBLP representative, please try the line again in a few minutes.

The MBLP is asking customers without power to consider making arrangements to ensure their safety in the event of an extended outage.

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UPDATE at 8:30 a.m. eastern Thursday:

The Upper Peninsula Power Company says about 4,200 of its customers remain without power, as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

UPPCO says all crews that are available, in addition to contractors, are out working on trouble spots.

UPPCO says there are outage problems at its major feeders, and those are affecting customers in Houghton, Chassell, Palmer, the Dead River Basin and K.I. Sawyer. Scattered, smaller outages are also being addressed.

UPPCO says it cannot give an estimate for when power will be restored but anticipates some outages will last into the weekend. Crews are working through the outages systematically.

UPPCO says everyone is encouraged to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure their safety. UPPCO advises everyone to stay away from downed power lines and report them to authorities.

If people see downed power lines, call UPPCO's 24-hour electrical emergency phone line at 800-562-7809. UPPCO is currently experiencing a high volume of calls, so you may experience a delay if you call.

Power utilities across Upper Michigan are reporting widespread outages. Some customers have been without electricity for more than 24 hours.

Cloverland Electric says it has 4,500 members waking up without power on Thanksgiving. Cloverland’s line crews will be assisted by mutual aid crews from Bay City Light & Power and Homeworks Tri-County Electric. Daylight, improved travel conditions and better weather will help restoration efforts Thursday.

No utilities have provided specific information about when power will be restored in various areas.

Click here to see the UPPCO outage map. NOTE: UPPCO says it is experiencing issues with its outage map.

Click here to see the We Energies outage map.

Click here to see the Marquette BLP outage map.

Click here to see the Cloverland Electric Coop outage map. NOTE: Cloverland says it is experiencing issues with its outage map.

Click here to see the Alger Delta Cooperative Electric outage map.

UPPCO says heavy snow, downed trees and impassable roads are making restoration efforts difficult.

Some local township halls and fire departments are opening as warming shelters. The Forsyth Township Fire Department says its fire hall on Johnson Lake Road is open as a warming shelter Thursday. Call 906-346-6641 if assistance is needed.



 
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