Power stays out for hundreds of thousands

December 23, 2013
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Hundreds of thousands of Michigan homes and businesses remain without power following a weekend ice storm.

The wintry blast that hit Saturday night knocked out service to about 458,000 customers across the state, and about 297,000 remain without service Monday.

Utilities said it will be days before most of those blacked out get their power back, because of the difficulty of working around ice-broken lines.

CMS Energy Corp. said 285,000 of its power customers were affected, and 202,000 remain off line at mid day Monday.

DTE Energy Co. said work is underway to restore service to 65,000 blacked-out customers out of about 148,000 affected since the storms hit.

The Lansing State Journal reports about 35,000 customers of the city's power company lost service and about 30,000 remain off line Monday.

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