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DTE: Most Customers Expected To Be Back On The Grid Today

There are about 15k without power

May 07, 2018 - 5:59 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Power has been restored to all but 15,000 DTE Energy customers following Friday's wind storms which knocked out power to over 300,000. 

Over 1,300 line workers have been making repairs all weekend to restore power to 92 percent of customers impacted by the widespread outages. Work remains where damage has been most extensive from trees and large limbs falling on power lines, but the expectation is to have nearly all customers back on line by the end of today. 

Utility officials warned schoolkids to be extra cautious of any downed power lines they may encounter on the way to school this morning. DTE says that they have had reports of nearly 2,000 downed wires in their coverage area. 

Friday's wind storm knocked down trees and power lines across the metro Detroit area. At the peak, more than 300,000 homes and businesses were without power as winds approaching 70 mph swept through the area, according to a previous update from spokesperson Peter Ternes.

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.

As of Sunday evening DTE Energy had restored power to 92 percent, or 276,000 customers who were impacted by high winds that blew through Southeast Michigan on Friday. Approximately 24,000 customers remain without power and nearly all customers will be restored by end of day today.

Customers should stay at least 20 feet away from fallen lines and have three ways to contact DTE when they lose power or see a downed power line:

Access the DTE Energy Mobile App from your smartphone or tablet
Visit DTE’s website at dteenergy.com call (800) 477-4747. 

You can find more information from the online Power Outage Map at dteenergy.com/outage, and at empoweringmichigan.com/restorationupdates.

When severe weather hits tune to WWJ Newsradio 950 during Traffic and Weather on the 8s, 24-hours a day.