Power companies working overtime to restore customers

Toledo, OHIO (WTVG) - Power companies in both Ohio and Michigan are working around the clock to restore power to thousands who went off the grid during the ice storm.

Toledo Edison reports as of 12:30 P.M. on Wednesday there were about 2,500 customers without power. A majority of those in the dark are in Lucas County.

Edison is hoping to have power restored to everyone by Friday evening at the latest. Extra crews from sister companies are working to help remove down tree limbs, rehang wires and repair equipment damaged during the ice storm.

In Michigan, Consumers Energy is reporting more than 20,000 customers were impacted by the winter weather this week. As of 9:00 A.M. Wednesday, less than 6,500 customers are off the grid. Consumers Energy hopes to have everyone restored by 11:30 P.M. Wednesday.

DTE estimates about 9,500 customers are in the dark. That number is down from nearly 60,000 as of Tuesday. DTE is hoping to have all power back online tonight.

Meanwhile, if you are without power make sure you have reported the problem to your power company. Stay away from downed lines and live wires and put food in coolers with ice or place outside to make sure items stay cold.

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