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SHELBY, Mich. (WZZM) -- After one of the coldest mornings of the season, power has been restored to thousands of Consumers Energy customers in Oceana County.

The outage hit just before 5 a.m. Friday, affecting more than 2,300 customers around Shelby, New Era and Rothbury, according to Consumers Energy. It was caused by a wire snapping and falling onto power lines.

Power was restored to about 1,600 customers around 7:30 a.m. The remaining customers were back online by noon.

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Most businesses in New Era were closed Friday morning and some were using generators to run heaters to keep pipes from freezing.

For New Era Christian School, Friday was the school year's eighth snow day, according to administrator Phil Morse. He says third- to eighth-grade students now receive snow day assignments over the Internet. Teachers tie the work to current classroom curriculum.

Meanwhile, more than 800 residents in the area of Fife Lake in Grand Traverse County also lost power Friday morning after a vehicle crash damaged two power poles.

Grand Traverse County Emergency Management issued an alert Friday amid the cold. A warming center has been set up.


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