Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made a Wednesday competence for the citizens: Turn natural gas-powered thermostats to 65 degrees or lower to Friday at. 12.00.
The question comes as the Midwest is gripped by freezing temperatures caused by a polar vortex.
"I come to you now to ask for your help," the lawyer said in a video statement . "Because of the extremely high demand for natural gas with these record low temperatures and a construction accident, Consumer Energy has asked everyone who is able to turn down their thermostats through Friday at 1
Earlier on Wednesday there was an "unexpected incident" on a gas compressor station in southeast Michigan, according to consumer energy. A fire on the compressor means that "all gas flow from the compressor station is closed until safety and damage assessment can be performed."
After consumption, consumer energy began to ask both business and private customers to "temporarily reduce gas consumption" to keep all citizens warm during polar whirls.
"We understand that the timing of our request is not ideal given today's cold temperatures, but without risk we reduce the risk of not supplying natural gas to families and critical facilities throughout Michigan – a scenario none of We want to encounter, "Consumer Energy tweeted Wednesday night .
"The term polar vortex describes the mass of low-pressure cold air circulating in the stratosphere over the Arctic and Antarctic regions," explains Business Insider's Aylin Woodward (in a very useful piece). "Sometimes the circulation of the polar whirl swings during the winter, causing interference of frigid air to splinter and drift south."
Since Saturday, the cold weather is blamed for about a dozen deaths in "Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota," Reuters reports. The dangerously cold temperatures have resulted in aircraft and train services being canceled together with the closure of schools, companies and non-essential public entities.
At the time of writing, it was minus 13 degrees Farenheit, in Lansing, Michigan. On Friday, the height is expected to be 18 degrees Farenheit – and at noon the residents will be able to heat their heat. Until then, Michiganders are asked to do their part.
"You can play a role in helping people across the state survive these extreme temperatures," Whitmer said. "Please, we urge all Michigander to do your part and help us turn this storm together."
Resources for Michigan residents fighting the cold are found here and here.