For Release: 03/27/2012

Gusting Winds Causing Power Outages

Ishpeming, MI - Gusting winds are knocking down tree limbs into power lines causing electric service interruptions for some parts of the Upper Peninsula this morning.

Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) reports crews have been busy working to keep up with customers calling in that had their power knocked out.

As of late morning, nearly 3,000 customers were without power. The hardest hit areas are Keweenaw County (950 customers), Ontonagon/White Pine (700 customers) and Munising/Chassell (138 customers).

UPPCO expects outages to continue as long as the winds continue gusting and hopes to have power restored sometime later today. All available crews are now working to restore power.

Residents who are without power should call UPPCO's Emergency Outage line 800-562-7809 to report their situation and location. Everyone is advised to stay away from all potentially dangerous situations involving downed tree branches and power lines. The lines may still be "live wires" and very dangerous. If there are any potentially dangerous situations, contact 9-1-1.

To follow the outage repair effort on line, access www.uppco.com and access the Outage and Service Problems section in the "For Homes" area of the home page.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Jodi Pineau
    Customer Operations Supervisor
    Upper Peninsula Power Company
    906-362-2300
     
  • Media Hotline
    800-977-2250