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DTE Crews Still Working To Restore Power To 150,000 In Metro Detroit

About 150,000 customers are still without power Saturday after Friday's high winds.

May 05, 2018 - 2:02 pm

(WWJ) - About 150,000 DTE Energy customers remain without power Saturday afternoon following Friday's wind storms that knocked down trees and power lines across the metro Detroit area.

DTE has reached 50 percent restoration, as 154,000 homes and businesses have had their power restored as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, per an update issued by the Detroit-based company. At the peak, more than 300,000 homes and businesses were without power on Friday as winds approaching 70 mph swept through the area, according to a previous update from spokesperson Peter Ternes.

DTE spokesperson Heather Rivard said live on WWJ that 90 percent of DTE customers can expect to have their power restored by the end of the day Sunday.

While much of the metropolitan area was affected, the worst of the storms were seen further north in the northern thumb area, including Lapeer and St. Clair Counties, according to Ternes.

"You'll see concentrations on our outage map all throughout the Detroit area," Ternes said. "Down a little bit further south in the Washtenaw County area, there's a bigger concentration that we're focusing on too."

In Independence Township, a man was killed when he was crushed by a tree while doing yard work; and in South Lyon, a postal worker was struck and pinned by a falling tree. He went to the hospital in critical condition, but his condition has not been updated.

Upwards of 1,000 DTE workers were expected to be working around the clock throughout the weekend. 

In addition to DTE's numbers, Jackson-based Consumers Energy reported that more than two-thirds of their 90,000 customers affected by Friday’s high winds have had their power restored. 

As of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, about 19,300 customers are without power heading into Saturday night as crews continue to work.

DTE Energy reported nearly 2,000 downed electrical wires, reminding customers to exercise caution while outdoors throughout the weekend. People should stay at least 20 feet from downed lines and heed the warning of yellow caution tape.

“The biggest advice is safety advice around making sure that folks who may be using a generator don’t use it inside," Rivard said. "That can cause, obviously, some deadly fumes from the generator. And then also to stay away from wire downs. We have had over 2,000 reports of downed wires across our territory, and folks should always assume that they’re energized.”