COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Many of the Branch County customers of Consumers Energy who lost power because of Sunday’s wind storms are now back on-line, but at last report, there were still more than 500 homes or businesses this morning without electricity. Consumers says most of the outages should be repaired by late Friday. It may not entirely compensate you for living without power but if you still don’t have power after 5 days, you may qualify for a $25 rebate on your power bill. That will be in addition to whatever savings you enjoy from simply not having any electricity for the better part of a week. Judy Palnau at the Public Service Commission says if you haven’t called in your outage, you still can. That makes you eligible. Just let them know you have been in the dark since Sunday. It’s an incentive the MPSC has in place to encourage utilities not to dawdle on repairs.
After more field surveys the National Weather Service is now saying there were four tornadoes in Michigan on Sunday afternoon. The strongest twister, which rated EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, touched down at about 3:27 p.m. west of Cassopolis. It was only on the ground for 2 minutes and about 50-yards wide.
The other three, in Muskegon and Ingham counties and near Gaylord were all F-zeros. He says if it had been warmer here just prior to the intense low front moving through, they would have been stronger, like they were in Indiana and Illinois. He says they had watches or warnings out for 3 out of the four. It may have been those warnings that prevented any injuries from those storms.