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UPDATE: Consumers Energy says its the worst storm in a decade


UNDATED (WKZO) -- It’s a holiday nightmare for those facing the prospect of a black-out Christmas, and there is a possibility of more of us joining them.

Utility officials say there is still ice in the trees. Add a few inches of snow to the weight and then hit it with the 10 to 15-mile per hour winds predicted for this evening and more people could also find themselves starring at a dead furnace with no lights.

Consumers spokesman Brian Wheeler says repairs began yesterday after it took the utility a day to deal with their first priority, live wires on the ground, giving others time to lay out a battle plan.

As of 5:30 a.m., areas most affected by electric interruptions were: Allegan (2,715); Barry (16,890); Calhoun (9,646); Clinton (8,931); Eaton (14,287); Genesee (61,555); Gratiot (1,203); Ingham (16,945); Ionia (4,656); Kalamazoo (3,382); Kent (6,724); Livingston (3,636); Oakland (2,829) and Shiawassee (18,985).

Wheeler says they will really begin to whittle away at the outages when crews from out of state finally arrive today. Still there is so much damage out there that it will take until the weekend to address it all.