DTE Fixes Equipment Problem After 1,000+ Lost Power In Wayne, Westland

It's a bad night for a power outage.

January 30, 2019 - 9:01 pm

WESTLAND, Mich. (WWJ) -- Wednesday was a terrible night to lose power, but more than 1,000 people were without it for several hours in parts of Westland and Wayne.

DTE Energy reported shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday night that just over 1,000 customers were without power in the area north of Michigan Avenue between Merriman and Venoy Roads.

The outage, apparently caused by an equipment problem, was fixed around 9 p.m.

On a night where temperatures are well below zero -- a reported -12 degrees in Westland -- and wind chills are even worse, being without power throughout the night could have caused major problems.

A separate outage on Wednesday morning left more than 1,300 customers in the cold in Wayne and Westland. That outage, caused by a car accident, was reported in the area of Middlebelt and Cherry Hill Roads. 

Several other small outages affecting less than 100 people have popped up across Metro Detroit Wednesday night as well.

Outage information and restoration estimates can be found on the DTE website.

Monday's snow storm across the state and much of the Midwest has been followed up by record-breaking cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills, approaching 50 degrees below zero in some areas.

Many schools and government offices have already announced they are closed for Thursday.

Two men in Wayne County were found dead, believed to have died because of the arctic temperatures.

In the event of an outage, those without power during the extreme cold should keep all doors to the outside shut. Towels can be used to block drafts coming in from window and door cracks.

Generators should be properly vented to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and gas stoves should not be used to warm houses.

Faucets can be left running at a trickle to avoid costly frozen pipes.

AccuWeather offers plenty of tips to stay safe during a cold-weather power outage.