High Winds Knock Out Power To Thousands

DETROIT (WWJ) – The high winds that blew through Michigan overnight resulted in approximately 110,000 DTE Energy electric customers losing power. As of late Saturday evening approximately 50,000 remain out of service.

The majority of the power outages are in:

· Oakland County 12,000

· Wayne County 10,000

· Macomb County 1,500

· Washtenaw County 2,100

· St. Clair County 1,400

The remaining outages are scattered throughout the DTE service area.

Crews continue to work to restore power and repair damage and it is expected that power will be restored to the majority of the DTE customers by late Sunday.

Strong winds, with gusts exceeding 50 mph, caused more than 300 power lines to come down.  DTE warns that customers need to exercise extreme caution and assume any wire is live.

Stay at least 10 feet away from any downed wire and anything it’s in contact with, keep children and pets away and call DTE Energy at (800) 477-4747 to report a downed line.

Additional information on the current storm – including our on-line Power Outage Map – is available here.

Know before you go: Keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s.  Check the CBS Detroit weather page for the extended forecast and up-to-the-minute information.


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