UPPCO customers began experiencing service interruptions earlier this morning due to strong, gusting winds and adverse winter weather conditions.
Approximately 3,200 customers in Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Marquette, Alger and Delta counties were affected throughout the day by the latest winter weather pattern to hit the Upper Peninsula. Keweenaw and Houghton counties were the heaviest hit.
As of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, approximately 800 customers were without power in Keweenaw, Houghton, and Marquette counties. UPPCO crews and support staff are continuing to address outages as they occur. UPPCO anticipates new outages may occur as strong winds and adverse conditions move through the area.
UPPCO is asking customers to report any outages they are experiencing by calling UPPCO’s Customer Care Center at (800) 562-7680 or through the Online Portal at www.uppco.com. Customers may experience longer than usual wait times when contacting the Customer Care Center due to inclement weather.
UPPCO advises people to stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a downed line is energized.
UPPCO urges customers to be mindful of portable generator safety when using them during system outages. Always operate portable generators outside and away from homes, garages and outbuildings.
For more information on storm and generator safety, customers are encouraged to visit www.uppco.com.