Residents in Kent County should plan to be without power this weekend. Consumers Energy has announced that nearly 2,500 customers In Kent County will be temporarily cut off. The power company will shut off power at 9 p.m. on June 26, 2021 for about 5 hours.

Both individual homes and businesses will be affected. The outage is scheduled to last until around 2 a.m., Sunday, June 27.

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The release said that the affected area is mostly within Alpine Township and the north side of Walker. The outage will occur south of 7 Mile Road Northwest, west of Walker Avenue Northwest, east of 8th Avenue and north of 3 Mile Road Northwest.

If you are in the area that will be affected by the outage, you're likely already aware that it was planned. Consumer's Energy sent out postcards notifying customers of the planned outage.

You can check your outage status by clicking here.

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Weather.com advises to take these steps when you're power goes out.

"If the power goes out, turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics and turn off and disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment. But leave at least one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back on."

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To conserve power on your phone if you're unable to charge it, follow these tips:

  • Turn off apps that are automatically running in the background
  • Disable location services
  • Turn down the brightness on your phone
  • Use your phone’s standard messenger app instead of other messaging applications

If you must use your phone but the battery is running low, you can:

  • Use your laptop or computer as a power source
  • Use your car as a power source
  • Use two silver coins, a slip of paper, a USB charger and a paper clip to charge your phone without electricity

 

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