Fewer than 32,000 electric customers still without power after ice storm

7:45 PM, Dec 28, 2013   |    comments
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DETROIT (AP) - Fewer than 32,000 homes and businesses remain without power a week after a massive ice storm swept across parts of Michigan.

Detroit-based DTE Energy reports Saturday morning that about 4,200 customers still were out following the storm and harsh weather Christmas week. The utility says it suffered more than 200,000 total outages.

Jackson-based Consumers Energy reported Friday night that outages were down to 25,000 from 399,000 customers who lost power beginning last Saturday.

The Lansing Board of Water & Light reports on its website that 2,600 customers still have no service. The utility says about 40,000 of its customers had power knocked out.

The utilities expect power to be restored to most by this weekend, but fear melting ice on tree branches could fall on power lines as temperatures rise.

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