Storm tips: Consumers Energy, Red Cross remind Kalamazoo-area residents to …

November 18, 2013 by  
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KALAMAZOO, MI –  As southwest Michigan residents brace for a line of storms expected to bring high winds and severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, Consumers Energy and the Red Cross are warning people to prepare for power outages.

A map from the National Weather Service shows the risk of severe thunderstorms Sunday, with a high likelihood in the Southeast and Mid-Michigan. Meteorologists say there is a chance for very high winds and possibly tornadoes mixed in with severe thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for all of Lower Michigan until 4 a.m. Monday, with wind gusts of up to 60 mph expected as a storm front moves across the state.

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Consumers Energy has issued a news release saying they preparing for possible power outages. 

Among their tips to customers::

• Charge electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops, and have fresh batteries available for items such as flashlights and weather radios.

• Have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food available, and don’t forget a first aid kit or any prescription medication if needed.

• During and after a storm, people are advised to stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is “live” and dangerous. Residents are also reminded to not touch anything a power line may be touching, including trees, fences, other debris, and puddles.

• Report any downed wires by calling 911 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050.

Additional storm and power outage information is available at Consumers Energy’s newly updated online outage center,

Customers who lose power should contact Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050 or online at Customers can report an outage, get outage information, including updated estimated restoration times, all on a detailed map available at The map is accessible via both desktop computer and mobile devices.

The Red Cross is reminding households to find a “safe room” or uncluttered area without windows where family members and pets could seek shelter on the lowest floor possible: a basement, a center hallway, a bathroom or a closet.

If you have time, secure lawn furniture, outdoor decorations, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by wind, the Red Cross says.

The Red Cross has a free tornado app for iOS and Droid devices with shelter locations, an “I’m OK” message, and tools and tips on recovering after a tornado.

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