55,000 Southeastern Michigan Homes and Businesses Lose Power Following Severe Storms

Western Wayne, Washtenaw, Livingston counties were hardest hit

WWJ News
June 27, 2020 - 11:25 am
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(WWJ) The lights are out for tens of thousands of homes and businesses across Southeastern Michigan in the wake of severe storms Friday night. 

DTE says 38,000 customers are without power as of 11:00 am Saturday. Belleville, Westland and Romulus are among the hardest hit areas. 

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The majority of the outages are in Livingston, Washtenaw and Western Wayne counties.

55,000 customers in total were knocked off the grid by yesterday's storms. Power has been restored to 17,000 customers, according to DTE.

To see the DTE outage map and estimated restoration times for your specific area, click here.

DTE tells WWJ 700 crew members are in the field to get the lights back on for most people by the end of the day. The rest are expected to come back online tomorrow. 

You are asked to stay at least six feet away from crew members to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you see a downed power line; DTE says you must stay at least 20 feet away and do not come into contact with it or anything that touched it.

You should always treat a line as if it is live. Never cross yellow caution tape, which indicates a downed power line in the area. If you see one, you can call the customer service hotline at 800-477-4747 or report it through the DTE Energy Mobile app.

DTE offered the following storm safety and survival tips:

“-Never drive across a downed power line. If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain inside until help arrives.  

-Don’t open refrigerators or freezers more often than absolutely necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for 12 hours. Kept closed, a well-filled freezer will preserve food for two days.

- Turn off or unplug all appliances to prevent an electrical overload when power is restored. Leave on one light switch to indicate when power is restored.   

-If a customer is elderly or has a medical condition that would be adversely impacted by a power outage, they should try to make alternative accommodations with family or friends.  

During low-voltage conditions – when lights are dim and television pictures are smaller – shut off motor-driven appliances such as refrigerators to prevent overheating and possible damage. Sensitive electronic devices also should be unplugged. 

- Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets or any electrically operated appliance. The water or moisture may serve as a conductor of electricity. This can cause serious or even fatal injury.      

-Customers who depend on electrically powered medical equipment should ask their physician about an emergency battery back-up system. If a customer is elderly or has a medical condition that would be adversely impacted by a power outage, they should develop an emergency plan that allows for alternative accommodations with family or friends.   

Keep a corded or cell phone on hand because a cordless telephone needs electricity to operate. Also, customers should learn how to manually open automated garage doors.”

This is a developing situation. Keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 on air, online and on the Radio.com app for the latest information.