Severe Thunderstorms Leave Thousands Without Power In Metro Detroit

Wind damage and downed power lines are mostly to blame

WWJ News
September 12, 2019 - 7:03 am
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Storm clouds form over Southfield on Sept. 11, 2019. (Photo: Rob Davidek/WWJ)


DETROIT (WWJ) - Thousands are without power after a line of strong storms moved over metro Detroit Wednesday night.

DTE Energy said early Thursday morning that crews were working to restore power to 36,000 customers -- down from a peak of 65,000 during the height of the storm. Major outage areas include Ann Arbor, Warren, Sterling Heights, Livonia, Westland, Canton and southwest Detroit


A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for several hours as torrential downpours and high winds hit the area. Tornado warnings were also issued in Mecosta and Newaygo counties; no tornado touchdown was immediately confirmed and no serious damage was reported. 

DTE Energy reminds residents that if you see a downed power line, don't touch it, but call DTE to report it at 800-477-4747. 

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