DTE: 3,000 southeast Michigan customers still without power after strong winds blow through
Updated On: Jan 21 2013 09:35:29 PM EST
Winds that gusted to 60 miles per hour have swept across southeast Michigan, knocking down trees and power lines and cutting off electrical service to thousands of homes and businesses.
DTE Energy update
As of 9 p.m. today, approximately 3,000 customers are out of electric service due to the high winds that blew across southeast Michigan early Sunday morning.
About 98 percent of the more than 120,000 DTE Energy customers who lost power have had service restored.
At 4 p.m. today 17,000 customers were out of electric service.
Here where the majority of the power outages have been:
• Wayne County
• Oakland County
• Tuscola County
• Livingston County
• Huron County
The remaining outages are scattered throughout DTE Energy's service area.
Several areas in the Thumb Region were particularly hard hit, with as many as 20 percent of the area’s residents and customers impacted. There also were reports of nearly 900 downed power lines throughout DTE Energy’s service area.
All available DTE Energy crews are working 16-hour shifts around the clock to restore service.
DTE Energy has been able to recruit additional linemen from neighboring utilities in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
Consumer Energy update:
Approximately 600 Consumers Energy electric customers are without service after a powerful winter storm with high winds hit the state late Saturday and early Sunday.
Since 9 p.m. Saturday, more than 79,000 customers have been affected by weather related outages.
“Our crews are expected to complete restoration work in the hardest hit areas by the end of today,” said Garrick Rochow, the utility’s vice president of energy delivery. “I want to thank our customers for their patience and also thank the men and women who worked on this storm restoration effort, especially our line workers and others who braved bitterly cold temperatures to get the work done.”
From line workers to customer call center representatives and on-site damage assessors, more than 1,200 Consumers Energy and contract employees have worked on storm restoration efforts across the state, including crews from Indiana.
As of 11 a.m. Monday, the approximate numbers of Consumers Energy electric customers remaining without service in the following counties were: Allegan (38); Barry (26); Calhoun (40); Genesee (46); Kalamazoo (35); Kent (100); Livingston (56); Muskegon (78); Ottawa (25) and Washtenaw (38).
Updated outage information is available at www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap.
Consumers Energy cautions residents to avoid touching any downed wires and to report them immediately by calling 1-800-477-5050, or their local law enforcement agency.