(UNDATED) – The storms that moved through the area Monday night and early Tuesday morning have knocked out power to several people around southwest Michigan.
Patty Nowlin of Midwest Energy Cooperative says nearly 7,000 of their members are without power currently. Damage is severe and widespread, and the areas most heavily impacted include Three Rivers, Marcellus, Dowagiac, Cassopolis and Edwardsburg.
Crews have been at work since late Monday night after the first storms came through and there are no estimates on restoration at this time. The process is expected to be extended due to the heavy damage on the system.
Consumer's Energy is reporting widespread outages as well. In St. Joseph County, the bulk of the outages are in and around the areas north and west of Sturgis along with east and north of Three Rivers.
Over in Branch County, there are smaller pockets of outages, primarily north and east of Coldwater and north of Quincy. The Tekonsha area was hard hit with close to 1,000 people without power.
Indiana-Michigan Power says they have just over 2800 customers without power in St. Joseph County Michigan and 4855 in Cass County, Michigan. In Indiana there are currently 3336 customers without power in Elkhart County and 713 in Noble County.
Officials with all three companies say their crews will continue working to restore power to all of their customers.