High winds present challenge for Consumers Energy

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"Statewide we have 45,755 customers without power now at 9:52 a.m".

According to Dodd, West Branch Service Center Consumers Energy crews responded to 6,200 customers without power, and as of 9 a.m. March 8, there were 474 customers without power in Ogemaw County.

Police and fire departments are asking that people treat intersections where traffic lights are out as 4-way stops.

More than 210,000 utility customers are without power in southeast MI, and that number is expected to rise throughout the day because of high winds. If you see power lines down, treat them as if they are live wires.

Some of the areas affected include Route 60 between Wilson Road and Porter Road due to downed power lines.

Power outage numbers continued to rise across Mid-Michigan as ever-strengthening winds continued to bring down power lines and trees Wednesday.

The wind is expected to die down shortly after sunset and become nearly calm overnight. The lack of leaves on the trees will help reduce the damage that would otherwise have happened.

The warning will be in effect from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 miles per hour or gusts of 58 miles per hour or more can lead to property damage.