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When will your power be restored? DTE Energy provides outage update

When will your power be restored? DTE Energy provides outage update

As of Wednesday afternoon, Consumers Energy says over 212,000 of their customers were affected by downed trees and power lines due to the high winds. DTE estimated 670,000 of its customers were without power in southeast MI as of 5 a.m. while Consumers Energy said 187,000 of its users were without power statewide.

~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.

"We are reaching out across the region to bring in crews to help us with this", a company spokesman said in a video.

Gusts of wind blowing at 45 miles per hour or higher battered local homes, bullied cars and lay waste to outdoor garbage cans, patio furniture and lawn ornaments. The trailer is filled with supplies needed for crews to restore power.

According to Lauer, 90% of DTE Energy customers will be restored to service by end of the day on Sunday, March 12. The hardest hit areas are in Allegheny and Beaver counties.

"We have all the pieces and parts that you basically need to put the wire up", Packard says.


See the full list of Friday school closings here.

Do not cross yellow caution tape, which indicates there is a downed power line, and never drive over a downed wire.

On Lake Michigan, near South Haven Michigan, wind gusts were so strong in velocity that the giant waves were pushed over the piers.

A fire started after high winds downed power lines in St. Clair County's Kimball Township, prompting nearby homes to be evacuated, The Times Herald of Port Huron reported.

More than 4,000 power lines and at least 1,000 utility poles were toppled, creating widespread outages and safety hazards compounded by fallen trees uprooted in soil left softened in unusually warm winter weather and heavy rains, utility officials said.

Wind damage also was reported in the Bay City area.


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