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Crews Work To Restore Power After Monday Winds

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DTE Energy vehicles (credit: Terri Lee)

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Crews are working to restore power to Michigan homes and businesses after winds gusting to 55 miles per hour left at least 202,000 without electrical service.

Utilities said Tuesday morning that about 38,000 customers remained without power across the state.

DTE Energy Co. said that about 31,000 of its 106,000 electrical customers that lost power due to Monday’s winds are without service early Tuesday.

DTE spokesman Scott Simons said high winds were hampering their restoration efforts Monday night.

Simons said the power should be restored for the vast majority of customers by late Tuesday, but there could be some small pockets of customers and individual service problems that may not be restored until Wednesday. (Click here for more from DTE).

Meantime, CMS Energy Corp. said that about 7,000 of its 96,000 affected Consumers Energy customers are powerless as of Tuesday morning.
The winds caused the death of a woman when a tree hit her van in Van Buren County’s Bloomingdale Township.

Elsewhere, the Lansing State Journal reports winds toppled a tree Monday onto a second-grader during recess at DeWitt’s Schavey Road Elementary. She was recovering at a hospital.

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