High winds across Mid-Michigan knocks out power to thousands

Several Mid-Michigan communities are dealing with power outages due to high winds that have left thousands of residents and businesses in the dark on Sunday morning. 

Nearly 3,000 customers in the Sterling, Standish, Standish Township, and Au Gres areas also are experiencing an outage Feb. 25, according to the Consumers Energy outage map. 

Around 2,800 Consumers Energy customers are without power in Saginaw County, with a majority of those outages — 1,720 — in the Shields and Thomas Township area. 

Multiple small pockets of outages are being reported across the Flint and Genesee County, with the largest outage — 141 customers — in the Thetford Township area, between East Willard and East Vienna roads along Bray Road.

Hundreds are also without power in Lapeer and Mayfield Township, between Genesee Street and Davis Lake Road, according to DTE Energy’s outage map. Power is expected to be restored by 11 a.m. Feb. 25. 

A restoration time of 11:45 a.m. Feb. 25 has been provided by Consumers Energy for those in the Saginaw area, but it’s still unknown for others with around 27,000 customers without power spread out across the state. 

Consumers uncertain when power will return for 27,000 in Michigan

A high wind advisory is in effect by the National Weather Service for Genesee, Shiawassee, Lapeer, Oakland, Saginaw, Bay, Huron, Midland, Tuscola, Sanilac, Arenac, Gladwin, and Iosco counties through Sunday afternoon.

Wind gusts of 41 miles per hour have been recorded at Bishop International Airport in Flint, 45 MPH at Saginaw County H.W. Browne Airport in Buena Vista Township, and 48 MPH at MBS International Airport in Freeland.

Gusts may reach as high as 50 MPH in some areas Sunday morning, according to the advisory. The breezy conditions are expected to continue throughout Sunday evening in Mid-Michigan, but the winds should calm down by Monday morning.

Where winds gusts are topping 50 mph in Michigan