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About 13K still without power after snowstorm

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm •  Published: December 22, 2012

DETROIT (AP) — About 13,000 Michigan homes and businesses remained without power Saturday evening after a fast, wind-whipped storm dumped heavy snow on parts of the state.

Jackson-based Consumers Energy said it expected to restore power by midnight to most of its roughly 13,000 customers who were still without electricity as of 4 p.m. Some customers in the hardest-hit areas may not get power back until late Sunday or Monday.

"Today's improved weather is allowing our crews and contractors to make good progress," Garrick Rochow, the utility's vice president for energy delivery, said in a news release. "While the pace of restoration has picked up, we appreciate our customers' continued patience as we safely perform our work."

Detroit-based DTE Energy said it had restored power to all of its customers.

Crews from Illinois, Ohio and Indiana were brought in to help restore the many downed power lines, Consumers Energy said. With weekend temperatures expected to drop, the company asked those living in areas still without electricity to reach out to neighbors who might need a hand, including the elderly, people with disabilities and families with young children.

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