Lightning Blamed for Outage That Left Hundreds In Dark
Consumers Energy Explains Why Power Was Restored to Some Residents Hours Before It Was On For Their Neighbors
Posted by Durand Now at 1:45pm 9/6/18
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A lightning strike just before 8pm that impacted the Duffield substation knocked out power to more than one hundred Consumers customers, Consumers Senior Public Information Director, Terry DeDoes, told Durand Now on Thursday morning. But that's not what caused Durand Now to lose power, he said.
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An additional 27 customers along the Shiawassee/Genesee county line lost power just minutes after the lightning strike, due to what was classified more generally by Consumers crews as "weather."
The customers impacted by the lightning strike saw their service return at around 11pm, DeDoes said, but as we are aware, the 27 remaining customers didn't see electricity restored until around 1am.
DeDoes explained that a substation circuit has three phases. Some industrial customers require all three phases while most residential customers only require a single phase. This means that two neighboring residential customers both served by the same substation could lose power at the same time if all phases went down, but could see their service return at different times, as each phase was restored independently. DeDoes didn't say this was the case on Wednesday night, as crew notes did indicate separate causes for the two outages.
Customers affected were those in Vernon and Gaines Townships, in the areas of Newburg/Grand Blanc Road and County Line/Sheridan Road, E Lansing/Miller Road and County Line/Sheridan, along Grand Blanc between County Line/Sheridan and Duffield, and the area of Grand Blanc and Duffield, including much of Duffield north of Grand Blanc Road.
Residents in the Village of Gaines were not impacted. There were no other outages reported in the area, DeDoes said, except for one customer in Bancroft.
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