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Thousands of Consumers Energy customers lose power during severe storms

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Traffic lights dark on M-89 in Otsego after power outages are reported during Thursday morning storms. (WWMT/Will Haenni)

Consumers Energy reported power outages early Thursday morning, turning the lights off for more than 6,900 customers in parts of Allegan, Calhoun, and Kalamazoo counties.

According to the Consumers Energy outage map, outages were first reported at 4:49 a.m. in the Allegan area. Additional outages were reported just before 5 a.m. near Otsego and Plainwell on July 29, 2021.

911 dispatch reported trees and power lines down in the Otsego area. Near the intersection of 108th Avenue and 20th Street a large tree was snapped in half, blocking the road for a couple hours before Allegan County Road Commission crews used chainsaws and a plow truck to clear debris.

More than 1,500 customers were also without power early Thursday north of Kalamazoo near the Cooper Township and Parchment areas.

A severe thunderstorm with strong wind gusts was moving through the area when the power outages started.

As of 5:30 a.m., restoration times were estimated between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., but were likely to be adjusted as crews were deployed to the area.

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