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35,000 DTE Customers Without Power

A strong line of storms moved through southeast Michigan Saturday

October 20, 2018 - 7:06 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- Saturday night could be especially chilly for many people in the Metro Detroit area, as DTE Energy says 35,000 people in the area are without power.

A strong line of storms moved through Southeast Michigan Saturday afternoon, knocking out power lines throughout the area.

With temperatures expected to dip into the low 30s -- and wind chills into the 20s -- things could get extra cold for those without power. 

DTE spokesman Brian Taylor told WWJ Saturday evening the company didn't have a specific estimation of when power would be restored, as they are still assessing the damage.

"It's going to take a little bit for us to figure out where we need to start working, what resources it's going to take," Taylor said. "Customers should start to see restoration estimates available once crews are assigned to repair particular outages."

Outages can be seen on the DTE website. As Taylor said, estimates of when to expect restoration can eventually be found there as well.

Elsewhere in the state, Consumers Energy reported 25,000 power outages.

Taylor urges residents to stay away from downed power lines, as they can be deadly.

Those without power through the night should use extra blankets and consider going somewhere with power, if possible.

The storms also caused an hour and 15 minute delay in the Michigan-Michigan State football game in East Lansing.