40,000+ Lose Power, Majority In Macomb County, On Sweltering Tuesday

WWJ News
May 26, 2020 - 6:33 pm

(WWJ) On a hot spring day in metro Detroit, air conditioners suddenly stopped running as thousands of people lost power.

The DTE Energy outage map showed about 38,000 home and businesses in Macomb County — including Eastpointe, Centerline, Warren and Roseville — were without electrical service mid-afternoon on Tuesday, along with some on Detroit's northeast side. There was also an outages at Orchard Lake and Lone Pine roads in West Bloomfield, for a total of 42,000 metro Detroit DTE customers without power at one point.  

This happened as temperatures were up to around 90 degrees and above in the area.

DTE said the utility experienced "an equipment issue" that led to the the biggest chunk of the outages in Macomb County and Detroit. 

"Teams are working to investigate the issue and restore customers as soon as possible," DTE said in an emailed statement. "We know these are challenging times overall; the heat wave is adding to the inconvenience. We apologize and thank you for your patience as we work to restore the remaining customers."

As of 6 p.m. DTE said around 22,00 customers had already been restored, and that the rest should expect to be restored in the next few hours. 

- Check the DTE Energy outage map - 

DTE said it activated its emergency command system and would be distributing ice and water at the Roseville Community Center at Gratiot and 10 Mile Road after 7 p.m.

DTE added that, as part of the restoration process, customers may lose power intermittently as they make permanent repairs. "We ask customers to please unplug televisions, computers and other sensitive electronics to prevent damage while power is being restored. If you see crews in your area, please maintain a safe social distance – at least six feet – as we work to safely restore power," DTE said. 

Because of the power outages a number of traffic lights are not working. Those intersections should be treated as four-way stops. 

Customers can report an outage or check the status of an outage at this link

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