February 22, 2019
The Michigan State Police (MSP) is encouraging residents to use caution during high winds that are forecast to affect much of the state on Sunday.
The National Weather Service predicts wind gusts in excess of 50-60 mph to impact Michigan beginning Sunday morning and lasting through the evening. The severe weather increases the potential for widespread and lengthy power outages. Snow showers will also develop in the late morning and afternoon, and last into Sunday night. Strong winds and blowing snow could create dangerous travel with possibly near whiteout conditions statewide.
“The length of a power outage can never be predicted,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD). “Taking a few steps to prepare ahead of a power outage can minimize loss and keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible.”
Tips to prepare for a power outage:
The following blackout-specific items should be added to your emergency preparedness kit: