70,000+ Lose Power As Strong Winds Strike Metro Detroit

A Wind Advisory was issued, threatening gusts up to 50 mph

WWJ News
November 27, 2019 - 6:30 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Tens of thousands of homes and businesses lost power on a blustery day before Thanksgiving in metro Detroit.

As of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, DTE Energy reported more than 33,500 customers were without service, down from a peak more than 52,000 in the early afternoon. The total number of customers that lost power during the day exceeded 74,000, DTE said; with hardest-hit areas including Royal Oak, Farmington Hills and Harrison Township. 


This comes as the National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory, in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday for all of southeast Michigan. Forecasters said wind gusts of 50 mph could persist into the night, which had some people crossing their fingers that their power would be back on before it's time to pop the  turkey in the oven.

DTE officials said they were fully prepared for big outages, with extra staff on standby if needed. Out in full-force through the afternoon, the utility said it had around 300 restoration crews on the job. 

On Green Valley St. off of 10 Mile Rd. in Southfield, WWJ's Jon Hewett was on the scene as workers removed a fallen 40-foot pine tree that brought down a power line.

As always, residents are urged to stay at least 20 feet away from, and never touch downed electrical wires.

As always in this kind of weather, downed tree limbs and power lines are expected, leading to power outages. Unsecured light outdoor objects will be blown around.The NWS says winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, and unsecured light outdoor objects will be blown around.

Here's a look at the forecast from the WWJ Weather Team:

Wednesday -- Very windy; rain and drizzle. High 53. Low 34. Wind advisory to expire at 9 p.m. 

Thursday -- Colder with periods of sun. High 39. Low 29.

Friday -- Mostly cloudy. High 39. Low 33.

Saturday -- Snow, sleet and rain at times. High 39. Low 36.

Sunday -- Milder with snow showers. High 45. Low 30.

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