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It may take two or three days to restore power to everyone

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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Thousands remain without power in the Kalamazoo Battle Creek region and some could still be in the dark when they wake up on the Fourth of July.

That’s the word from Indiana and Michigan Electric, who say some outages in the Three Rivers area may take that long to repair.

Consumers Energy is now saying that in Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties, it may be noon on Thursday before everyone gets their power back.

If it was just a few big lines that had been taken out, or a few sub stations that had been zapped by lightning, the repairs would be relatively easy, but crews are dealing with hundreds of separate outages caused by falling limbs.

At the last update, there were about 19-thousand homes and businesses in the hardest hit area, southern Calhoun County.

In southern Kalamazoo County, between I & M and Consumers, there are over 7 thousand without power.

They have cut the numbers to 22-hundred in St. Joseph and 16-hundred in Branch Counties.The clean up of fallen trees in roadway, on houses and cars will continue in the effected area for days.

In the meantime, avoid down lines be careful when dealing with chain saws and gas powered generators. There are usually more injuries caused by the clean-ups than during the storm itself.

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