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High winds leave 900 Midwest Energy customers without power

Published 9:10am Wednesday, October 7, 2009

CASSOPOLIS – About 900 Midwest Energy Cooperative customers remained without power at 4:30 a.m. today after strong winds hit the area overnight.

The majority of the outages are in the southern portion of the cooperative’s southwest Michigan service territory.

“The wind caused significant damage and brought a lot of lines down, so the clean up and restoration work is pretty slow-going,” reports Terry Rubenthaler, vice president of engineering and power supply.

Crews have been out since early this morning, and will continue working until all service is restored.

Midwest is a member-owned electric utility providing electric distribution and an assortment of energy-related programs and services to more than 35,000 customers in 11 counties in southern Michigan and northern Indiana and Ohio.

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