Monday, March 5, 2012

Springtime for Brass Monkeys!

Utility crews are working to restore power to tens of thousands of Michigan homes and businesses after a winter storm packing high winds and heavy snow blacked a quarter-million electricity customers statewide.

It’s the same storm system that triggered deadly tornadoes across the Midwest.

CMS Energy Corp .says about 61,000 customers remained powerless Sunday, down from 144,000. It says the Traverse City area of the northern Lower Peninsula was hard hit, with about 16,000 customers still blacked out in Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Kalkaska counties.

DTE Energy Co. says about 8,000 of 120,000 affected homes and businesses powerless Sunday.

The National Weather Service reports wind gusts reaching 55 mph Friday and Saturday and up to 15 inches of snow to the north. Southern areas had little or no snow.

It's 2F/ -19C outside right now and the brass monkeys are in abundance.