One tool says that some tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power in Michigan after days of frost and second winter weather are expected to be out of electricity over the weekend.
Consumers Energy says that since the beginning of Wednesday, approx. 231,000 customers lost electrical service due to ice storm. The tool says about 122,000 were still out of power Friday afternoon, with most expecting power at late Sunday, but some hard hit areas until late Monday.
Strong wind Thursday evening and Friday increased eruptions. DTE Energy says that 2,000 customers in south-east Michigan are still missing power. Restoration was predicted at midnight.
The hardest hit areas for consumer energy included western Michigan, where high temperatures were expected to remain during freezing over the weekend. Many did not have heating and emergency houses were open. Parts of the upper peninsula were hit by snowstorm conditions.