350,000 DTE Energy Customers Without Power After Saturday Storms

Video shows the storm ripping through a graduation party.

July 21, 2019 - 11:00 am
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WWJ -- Cleanup and power restoration efforts are ongoing after a rash of storms and high winds knocked power out for hundreds of thousands of Michiganders.

About 350,000 homes and businesses in southeast Michigan were in the dark Sunday, according to an update from DTE Energy at 4 p.m.. Consumers Energy says about 111,000 of their customers were without power on Sunday, making for about half a million without power across the state.

DTE says the winds, which reportedly reached up to 70 mph in some areas, brought down around nearly 2,000 power lines across the area.

Officials say they're looking at a multi-day project to restore power to the entire area. About 800 out-of-state workers have been called in to help with the restoration efforts. DTE hopes to restore 80% of outages by the end of the day Monday, 90 percent by the end of the day Tuesday -- and to finish the job by Wednesday. 

"The outages are really scattered throughout the service territory," DTE senior communications strategist Cynthia Hecht told WWJ. "Howell is certainly one of the hardest hit areas and everything around the I-275 corridor of Western Wayne County was hit hard as well."

Hecht says this is the worst storm the area has seen this year and in terms of outages, this is the worst since the March 2017 wind storm.

Video sent to WWJ shows the high winds tearing through a graduation party in Macomb Township Saturday afternoon.

Thousands lost power on Friday and Hecht says DTE has restored power to 60,000, but Saturday's storms made it difficult.

DTE says crews are working around the clock to restore power to the area but there were no restoration estimations available. Check the DTE outage map for the latest updates.

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