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Thousands Without Power After Labor Day Weekend Storms

September 04, 2018 - 6:33 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Storms over the Labor Day weekend have left thousands of homes and business in the dark.

Roughly 9,000 DTE Energy customers remain without power Tuesday morning due to downed lines and equipment problems from storms that hit Saturday and Monday. 

The outages are widely scattered, though the biggest cluster, 2,500 customers, is on the west side of Warren along Metro Parkway. 

At least one school district will not open because of lingering power outages. Milan Schools have canceled, with 1,500 customers without power in that area.

DTE spokeswoman Cindy Hecht says it's all hands on deck to get the lights back on.

"Crews have worked throughout the night and will continue working nonstop to get everyone restored as quickly and as safely as possible," she said.

Hecht couldn't say sure when exactly power will be restored for everyone. 

"A challenge for the crews could be that more weather is expected to come in throughout the day, so those outage numbers could go up or down depending on the weather," she said. 

And weather could complicate things -- a Heat Advisory has been issued for metro Detroit from 1 p.m. Tuesday until 10 p.m. Wednesday, with a heat index around 100 degrees. 

As many as 14,000 customers were without power at one point.