UPDATE: Over 1,500 without power in Mid-Michigan

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MID-MICHIGAN (WLNS): (UPDATE 9:57 p.m.) – 27 customers near Williamston Township are without power, according to DTE Energy.

The issue was first reported at 7:27 p.m. and power is still expected to be restored around 1:00 a.m. The cause of the outage was equipment failure.

(UPDATE 9:38 p.m.) – An update to the power outage in the Spring Arbor area where now 1,385 customers are without power, according to Consumers Energy.

The issue was first reported at 8:25 p.m. and power is still expected to be restored around 11:15 p.m. A crew was assigned to the area and still has not been able to determine the cause.

(UPDATE 9:35 p.m.) – 35 customers near the Portland area are without power, according to Consumers Energy.

The issue was first reported at 8:20 p.m. and power is expected to be restored around 11:30 p.m. A crew has been assigned to the area and no cause has been determined yet.

(UPDATE 9:29 p.m.) – 13 customers in Lansing are without power, according to the Lansing Board of Water & Light.

The area is west of N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and north of W. Willow Street.

The issue was first reported at 9:20 p.m. and power is expected to be restored around 1:30 a.m. A crew has been assigned to the area and the cause of the outage is the weather.

(UPDATE 9:26 p.m.) – 111 customers near the Charlotte area are without power, according to Consumers Energy.

The issue was first reported at 8:16 p.m. and power is expected to be restored around 12:45 a.m. A crew has been assigned to the area and no cause has been determined yet.

(UPDATE 9:24 p.m.) – 129 customers near the Charlotte area are without power, according to Consumers Energy.

The issue was first reported at 8:15 p.m. and power is expected to be restored around 11:45 p.m. A crew has been assigned to the area and no cause has been determined yet.

(UPDATE 8:27 p.m.) – 160 customers near the Jackson area are without power, according to Consumers Energy.

The issue was first reported at 8:27 p.m. and power is expected to be restored around 11:30 p.m.

A crew has been assigned to the area and no cause has been determined yet.

(ORIGINAL STORY 8:25 p.m.) – 935 customers in the Spring Arbor area are without power, according to Consumers Energy.

The issue was first reported at 8:25 p.m. and power is expected to be restored around 11:15 p.m.

A crew has been assigned to the area and no cause has been determined yet.

Consumers Energy reminds people to stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines as well as anything the wires may be touching.

Here are some steps you can take before, during and after a power outage.

Before for a power outage:

  • Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer. Cold water bottles will help keep food cold during a power outage and can also be used for drinking water.
  • Check with your physician or pharmacist about any medication that needs to be refrigerated. It is important to know how long medication is safe in the refrigerator without power.
  • Make a plan to prepare for family members with disabilities or who have ill health.
  • Try to keep gas tanks at least half full. If the power goes out, gas stations may be unavailable.
  • Have extra cash available. ATMs will not work without electricity.
  • Keep a key to the house with you when away from home. The garage will not open if the power is out.

During a power outage:

  • Use only flashlights or emergency lighting. Never use candles during a blackout or power outage due to fire risk.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep the contents inside as fresh as possible. If you must eat food, check it carefully for signs of spoilage.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and electronics. The return of power may cause surges that can damage them.
  • If it is hot outside, move to the lowest level of your home, wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, and drink water.
  • If it is cold outside, dress in warm clothing and layers, keep doors shut and never use the stove or charcoal as a source of heat.
  • Use extreme caution when driving.
  • Do not call 911 to ask about the power outage. Listen to a battery powered radio for updates.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by not using grills, unvented gas or kerosene heaters, generators or ovens and stoves in the house.

After a power outage:

  • Throw away food that has been exposed to temperatures more than 40 degrees for two hours or more, or if they have unusual color, odor or texture. Remember: When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Report downed lines. Stay away. Stay safe!

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