Storm Update | Monday, February 25, 2019 | 11 a.m.

DAFTER, Mich.— An estimated 6,000 Cloverland Electric Cooperative members were without power    this morning, however, crews have quickly restored some outages to bring that number down to 4,500. Severe wind and blizzard conditions overnight caused widespread outages across all five Eastern Upper Peninsula counties in Cloverland’s service territory.

As of 11 a.m., the greatest areas affected included Mackinac County (1,793); Chippewa County (1,143); Luce (1,082); Schoolcraft (455), and Delta (3).

Cloverland crews will prioritize main circuits that affect the largest impacted areas first. Three mutual aid crews from other utilities will assist in the Newberry area.

Crews are working safely in highly challenging weather and travel conditions to restore power as soon as possible. Low visibility, drifting snow and difficult road conditions are impacting restoration efforts for line workers and extending outages for some members.

Members whose power is not restored by 7 p.m. tonight should plan to make alternate arrangements for the evening. It is possible that power may not be restored to all services until sometime Tuesday.

Members who depend on electricity for medical equipment should activate an emergency back-up plan for alternate sources of power or alternate lodging.

Since Sunday, more than 8,246 services have been affected by storm-related outages.

Cloverland Electric Cooperative reminds the public to stay safe and stay clear of downed power lines or tree limbs on power lines. Members should report any safety hazards to Cloverland at 1-800-562-4953 or contact their local law enforcement agency. High call volumes may cause longer wait times.

Members with access to and Facebook can stay current on restoration efforts and the latest updates available. In addition, members can use the outage viewer available through Cloverland’s website or its SmartHub app for up-to-the-minute outage updates or to report outages.

Cloverland Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned utility located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It serves over 42,000 homes and businesses in Chippewa, Delta, Mackinac, Luce, and Schoolcraft counties.

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