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Crews hard at worn in all corners of Barry Co.

HASTINGS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Barry County in a crystallized, often breathtaking winter wonderland is now under a state of emergency.

The ice encrusting power lines, burdening trees and stop lights is wreaking havoc for about 17,000 homes and businesses still in the dark.

Gas stations are crowded with people filling cans to feed their generators.

Others are flocking to hotels for a warm place to sleep, and this woman is not happy about it.

"I really want to be home with my family having a Christmas, instead of having Christmas in a hotel," said Sarah Jones, whose family is without power. "It's a foreign place, it's not comfortable."

And then there are those in search of a hot meal. We caught up with one couple leaving a McDonald's, who said it was better than what they had at home at this point.

In the meantime, utility crews are frantically hitting all corners of Barry County, working around the clock to hopefully have power restored by Friday.

For people looking for a place to go, a warming center is open at the Thornapple Kellogg middle school in Middleville.