UPDATE: 6 p.m.
JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — Communities all over mid-Michigan are experiencing widespread damage from Tuesday’s powerful winds.
In Jackson County, trees have been crashing down on roads, power lines, and homes.
Around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Michael Baughman looked out his kitchen window and witnessed Mother Nature’s fury.
“I saw it just slowly fall, and hit the house. It happened very slowly and didn’t make much of a noise,” Baughman said.
Ferocious winds brought down the massive pine tree on Crescent Road in Jackson, hitting a home and causing a natural gas leak.
It’s just one of countless wind-related mishaps all over Jackson County.
Terry DeDoes from Consumers Energy says repair crews are doing their best to keep up.
“We are in storm mode, our crews are working 16 hour shifts, we’re going around the clock,” DeDoes said.
With so many lines down in different locations, this wind event has created many challenges.
“There are damage assessment teams that are out there determining what needs to be done in certain areas, what resources we need, and where we need to work to restore the most customers in the least amount of time,” DeDoes said.
The home on Crescent Road has extensive damage to its roof.
The family who lives here can’t stay in the house until the tree is removed and the structure is inspected.
“I’ve been here 48 years, this is the first thing like this that I remember,” Baughman said.
Consumers Energy estimates that it has about 140,000 customers without power across the state.
It could be Sunday before power is fully restored.
Consumers advises customers to stay away from downed wires, and to report them, along with outages to 1-800-477-5050 or on their website https://www.consumersenergy.com/default.aspx.
UPDATE 1:55 p.m. – As of 1:55 p.m. Consumers Energy is reporting more than 140,000 customers are without power due to high winds.
Downed trees and power lines have caused wide spread damage.
“We have crews working around the clock in difficult weather conditions and we appreciate our customers’ patience,” said Guy Packard, vice president of energy operations. “With the rough weather continuing, we expect this to be a multi-day restoration effort.”
The Lansing Board of Water and Light is reporting 3,962 customers without power at 1:40 p.m. Strong and gusty winds are expected to continue until sundown tonight. BWL spokesperson Amy Adamy tells 6 News that outside crews have been called in to help with restoration efforts.
Remember to stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines. Intersections with traffic lights that are not working should be treated as four-way stops.
UPDATE 12:34 p.m. – A power outage has forced the relocation of students at Fairview School in Lansing. Just after noon today students were moved from Fairview to Pattengill. Parents are asked that, if they normally pick up students at Fairview, to pick up their students at Pattengill today. If your student rides the bus or walks home, they will arrive as usual. Pattengill is located at 626 Marshall St.
JACKSON, Mich (WLNS) – Heavy winds are being reported all across mid-Michigan today and StormTracker 6 meteorologist Jim Geyer says the winds will stay with us until sundown.
Some gusts may reach 50-55 miles per hour.
In Jackson a tree fell on a house on Crescent Street.
Two houses were damaged and a gas line running under the tree was ruptured.
6 News Jackson bureau reporter Aaron Dimick is there and says firefighters and Consumers Energy crews are on the scene.
Winds roar across mid-Michigan
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