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About 16K still without power in Michigan

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm •  Published: December 28, 2013

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan utilities said Saturday about 16,500 homes and business remained without electricity, a week after the arrival of a winter blast that knocked out power to more than a half million customers across the state.

Jackson-based Consumers Energy reported that its outages were down to 8,100 from a high of 413,000 customers.

About 5,400 Detroit-based DTE Energy customers were without power Saturday. DTE said 150,000 customers lost electricity from the initial storm, while another 60,000 later lost service.

And of the 40,000 Lansing Board of Water & Light customers who went dark, 3,000 were out Saturday, the utility said on its website.

The utilities had said most power would be restored by the weekend but warned that higher temperatures Saturday and melting ice could make branches and power lines snap back into place, causing more outages.

"As expected, we have had scattered power outages from the ice-thawing Friday and today," Consumers Energy vice president of energy delivery Mary Palkovich said Saturday. "We thank our customers for their continued patience and thank all of our crews and employees for their hard work."

More than 3,000 office and field workers from Consumers Energy, 13 other states and Washington, D.C., were helping with restoration efforts, the utility said.