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High Winds Leave Thousands Without Power Across Metro Detroit

February 25, 2019 - 10:53 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Nearly 90,000 metro Detroiters lost power throughout the day Sunday after a "bomb cyclone" moved across Michigan.

The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning for all of southeast Michigan on Sunday, with sustained winds of 30-40 mph and reported wind gusts of up to 50-60 mph. The warning expired at 4 a.m. Monday.

DTE Energy reported that 87,000 people in southeast Michigan lost power at some point Sunday. Power had been restored to more than 40,000 customers -- with around 48,000 homes and businesses still in the dark late Monday morning. 

DTE will provide updates on outages and restoration estimates throughout the day with its outage map.

At the peak out the outages, more than 150,000 customers were without power across the state.

One of the hardest hit areas was near Mt. Clemens, with more than 2,500 customers without power, according to DTE's map. Other hard-hit areas included Bloomfield Hills and several areas Downriver.


Due to the winter weather, officials suggest adding some extra items to your emergency preparedness kit including: extra batteries, large flashlights/emergency lighting, food that does not require heat, and warm clothes and blankets.

To be prepared during a blackout:

  • Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer. Cold water bottles will help keep food cold during a power outage and can also be used for drinking water.
  • Check with your physician or pharmacist about any medication that needs to be refrigerated. It is important to know how long medication is safe in the refrigerator without power.
  • Make a plan to prepare for family members with disabilities or who have ill health.
  • Try to keep gas tanks at least half full. If the power goes out, gas stations may be unavailable.
  • Have extra cash available. ATMs will not work without electricity.
  • Keep a key to the house with you when away from home. The garage will not open if the power is out.
  • If the power goes out, keep doors shut and never use the stove or charcoal as a source of heat. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by not using grills, unvented gas or kerosene heaters, generators, or ovens and stoves in the house.
  • Do not call 9-1-1 to ask about the power outage. Listen to a battery powered radio for updates.

With high winds hanging around, State Police say all drivers -- especially those with trucks, SUVs and taller vehicles -- should use extra caution on the roads during the storm, as gusts can push vehicles.

MSP also urged pet owners to keep an eye on their pets when letting them outside.

If you see a downed power line, avoid going near it and report it to DTE at 800-477-4747.

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