For Release: 03/27/2012

UPPCO Power Restoration Efforts Making Good Progress

Ishpeming, MI - Upper Peninsula Power Company’s (UPPCO) line electricians have restored power to about 2,000 customers who were without electricity following some strong wind gusts earlier in the day. The high winds knocked down tree branches, limbs and caused power outages.

As of late this afternoon, there were still about 900 customers who were without power, mostly in Keweenaw County. The hardest hit areas were Keweenaw County, Ishpeming, Ontonagon and Munising areas, but the company reports restoration efforts have been productive and will continue until all customer power has been restored. UPPCO also advises that outages could continue as long as the wind keeps gusting.

UPPCO reminds everyone to stay away from all downed power lines and do not touch anything near them. If you come across any situation that looks potentially dangerous, stay away from the area and call 9-1-1 if danger is eminent or contact UPPCO at 800-562-7809 to report your situation and location. Always assume that power lines are energized.

UPPCO also advises not to cut or remove downed trees or branches unless there is absolute certainty that power lines are not involved.

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.

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