- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Christmas trees are dark in thousands of homes in Michigan, victims of a power outage from a severe storm this week.

Consumers Energy says the number of affected customers was reduced to about 59,000 by Friday evening. The utility says some customers could be without power until Monday.

The affected counties include Ogemaw with 6,525 outages, Gladwin with nearly 5,000, Alcona with more than 4,000, and Kent and Roscommon with nearly 4,000 each.

In the Flint area, Matt Ferguson says he was supervising 44 people on Christmas. He worked a 12-hour shift Thursday and was out the door again at 5 a.m. Friday.

His four kids miss him but he reassured them that “Santa was still going to come.”

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