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VIDEO: Utility crews working around the clock to restore power


UNDATED (WKZO) -- Thousands remain without power in the Southwest Corner of Michigan and some could still be in the dark when they wake up on the Fourth of July.

Consumers Energy spokeman Brian Wheeler says that in Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties, they are hoping they will be able to get everyone back on the grid by noon Thursday.

For Consumers Energy, most of the damage was concentrated in this part of the state. The actual damage stretches all the way down into Northern Indiana.

Indiana and Michigan Electric say some outages in the Three Rivers area may take until Friday, the 4th of July, to repair.

There are tens of thousands of I & M Customers without power along the Indiana line.

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 13-thousand homes and businesses in the hardest hit area, southern Calhoun County.

In southern Kalamazoo County, between I & M and Consumers, there are over 5-thousand without power.

Jackson County has 48-hundred customers in the dark this morning. They have cut the numbers to 22-hundred in St. Joseph County and 14-hundred in Branch County.

More than 1,300 Consumers Energy and contract personnel, from damage assessors, tree crews, call center representatives to line workers, are working on the storm restoration effort.

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.