4/29/2014 4:10:00 PM Strong winds cause power outages, problems in region Monday
Strong, gusty winds on Monday, April 28, caused numerous power outages in the area and created numerous calls to area fire departments for downed lines and occasional grass fires.
Tree-related power line damage throughout the Great Lakes Energy (GLE) service area caused power outages for customers of that electric cooperative.
Power was restored Monday afternoon to an estimated 6,014 GLE members in parts of Antrim, Barry, Charlevoix, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Oscoda and Otsego counties.
According to a GLE announcement, power was expected to be restored late Monday to all remaining members.
Some customers of the Harbor Springs Electric Department experienced a series of short power outages on Monday morning.
According to city manager Tom Richards, electric department crew members were on location at the city substation when the momentary outage happened again giving the crew direction on which (local) circuit was involved.
"They traced the problem to failed pole-top equipment near City Hall," Richards said. "A section of line was replaced along with the failed connections.
"Wind was certainly a factor in this premature failure."