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Power outages, day at the beach mark start of summer

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(06/20/12) - A power outage overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday left nearly 3,500 Mid-Michigan residents trying to beat the heat.

Consumers Energy says its substation in Montrose unexpectedly broke around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Crews immediately began work on the substation.

Power was restored around 1:45 to people living in Genesee County's Montrose and Vienna Townships, as well as Saginaw County's Maple Grove Township.

"We understand this is a grave inconvenience, the temperature really plays into discomfort and health concerns. So people should remember to stay in the shade, be sure and hydrate with lots of fluid, avoid alcoholic beverages, and keep cool," said Kevin Keane, an area manager for Consumers Energy.

It was a night Montrose resident Fran Worthington won't soon forget. "Didn't get any sleep."

Worthington didn't have many options without power. "Just hang in there and leave my windows open, and just try not to do too much."

Her neighbor vividly remembers the moment the power went out.

"Watching TV and everything just went black. Course first thing I did was run and grab my generator, I'm lucky enough to have one. And we hooked up a sump pump that we have to keep running, and keep the refrigerator and everything in the house going and actually able to run a couple of fans, thank God," explained Lewis Harris, who lives in Montrose.

Other Mid-Michigan residents enjoyed the heat.

That includes Stuart Allen of Carrollton Township. "We got a good breeze going right now so it's alright, but you know with the lake in the background I feel like if I get too hot I can just go jump in there."

Allen spent the day at W.H. Haithco Recreation Area in Saginaw Township.

So did Jennifer Cottenham and her kids. "Get's you cooled off, its water feels great actually."

Before they came to Haithco, the temps and Cottenham's kids were unbearable.

"Hot, miserable, sweaty," explained Cottenham, from Saginaw Township. "They were whining uncontrollably."

Now, everyone's happy. That includes Isabelle Diaz and her cousins who had to talk their grandmother into leaving the comforts of air conditioning to come here. She's enjoying sun and surf.

"It's a little cold but once you get used to it, you know then you go out, get dry again and then go back in. That's what I usually do," explained Diaz, who lives in Saginaw.

At the beach, moms made sure their kids got enough to drink. They also lathered them up with sunblock. Because when it comes to this heat, it's better safe than sorry.    

"I don't really like to be hot because you know I get heat bumps, like so the water really helps," Diaz said.

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