DETROIT (WWJ) – DTE Energy is just about done with the repairs for homes and businesses impacted by severe storms that blew across southeast Michigan Sunday night.
Crews have now restored power to all but 6,000 customers. DTE Energy expects everyone will back on the grid by Friday night.
The storm, which resulted in 302,000 outages, is the largest DTE has experienced this year and the 12th largest in the company’s 110-year history. Gusts of up to 70 mph were tracked in the area, sweeping large branches and in many cases entire trees into power lines.
DTE said all available crews are working 16-hour shifts, around the clock, to restore power. More than 100 crews from Ohio, Missouri, Colorado and Pennsylvania are assisting with restoration efforts.
This storm, which affected much of the Midwest, resulted in over 1,500 downed power lines in the metro area. In Detroit, a 14-year-old was critically injured after coming into contact with a downed power line.
DTE officials say citizens should stay at least 20 feet away from downed power lines and anything they’re in contact with, such as metal fences and cars. Treat every downed power line as if it were energized.
Anyone can report a power outage or a downed power line by calling DTE Energy at 800-477-4747.
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