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.
The storm, which arrived in Michigan on Thursday, was part of a system that began in the Rockies earlier in the week and has been blamed for deaths in at least five states. A 71-year-old man was killed Friday in St. Clair County when a Jeep lost control on a snow-covered road and slammed into his pickup.
Between 1 and 3 inches of snow fell across the Detroit area Friday after many places received more than an inch of rain the day before, according to the National Weather Service in White Lake Township. Temperatures on Saturday afternoon hovered around freezing.
The heaviest snowfall — a foot or more in some areas — was in the northern Lower Peninsula, Upper Peninsula and western part of the state, according to the weather service.