UPDATE: Manistee Power Fully Restored - Northern Michigan's News Leader

UPDATE: Manistee Power Fully Restored

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Power was fully restored to the Manistee area around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

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People in Manistee are going on nearly 10 hours without power tonight.

Consumer's Energy says the outage was caused when a transformer failed around 1:30 this afternoon.

They are hoping to have the power restored any time now.

But for now, 43,000 people are still in the dark, and the heat, waiting for their power to come back on.

The cooling center at the Little River Casino will be open overnight for anyone in need.

9 & 10's Meredith Barack and photojournalist Jeff Blakeman went to Manistee and learned how people are dealing with the darkness and the heat.

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Consumer's Energy has pushed back the estimated restoration time to 11 p.m.

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Consumer's Energy says power could be back on around 9 p.m. Consumer's Energy was able to make some repairs to the transformer that failed.

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Dispatch reports the city of Manistee is without power. Consumer's Energy says the outage is impacting more than 4,300 people in Manistee and Filer City.

Consumer's Energy says it happened around 1:30 p.m.  A transformer failed, causing the an oil leak and loss in power.

The oil is now cleaned up and contained.

Consumer's Energy says the power may be out until tomorrow morning. They are still unsure the cause of this failure, but are not ruling out weather.

Little River Casino is opening a cooling shelter today for those without power.