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Wild Wind Gusts Bring Downed Trees, Power Outages Across Metro Detroit

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The wild weather left this damage in Lake Orion. Photo: Ron Dewey

The wild weather left this damage in Lake Orion. Photo: Ron Dewey

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DETROIT (CBS Detroit) A blast of wild, windy weather blew into metro Detroit Monday morning, bringing power outages and downed tree limbs all over the region.

Winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour were expected to calm to around 20 mph after noon.

DTE Energy Spokesperson Erica Donerson said around 80,000 of 150,000 affected customers were still offline at 3:30 p.m., and more than 300 power lines were down.

Oakland County was the hardest hit.

Northwestern and 12 Mile Road was a trouble spot, with power lines down; as is Square Lake and Telegraph, where a line fell on a school bus. It’s unclear if anyone is on the bus.

At 14 Mile and Main Street in Clawson, around 500 homes lost business when two utility poles came down and wind blew the metal roof off a car port.

“I was like, wow, this is unbelievable,” said Clawson Manor Apartments resident Ruth Clapp. “They told me that they have a generator and they have one elevator (working). I live on the eleventh floor, so, I am not walking up eleven flights of stairs.”

Near Eight Mile and Farmington roads, a tree has been knocked down by strong winds.

Melissa Manassa, who lives in that neighborhood, described the scene live on WWJ 950. She said it unfolded as her son was getting ready for school.

“The whole tree is down and it’s covering the whole front of the yard and it looks like it took out part of the upstairs window, because it is a colonial, and it’s laying across in front of the house and covering the garage,” Manassa said.

An outage on the DTE Energy map also shows people in the area between Ten and Eleven Mile Roads and Orchard Lake to Farmington roads in Farmington Hills.

In Livonia, police say because of the high winds, power lines are down along eastbound Schoolcraft Road between Eckles Road and Newburgh Road. There are also reports of wires down in the area of Joy Road and Crown Street which is between Wayne Road and Newburgh Road.

Lake Orion Schools, Huron High School, and Madonna University closed early, due to power outages. [CHECK SCHOOL CLOSINGS]

In Royal Oak, a tree fell on a fence at Shrine Catholic High School. Officials said no students were hurt.

Energy crews are hoping to have power restored to homes and businesses that lost power over the weekend by Monday night.

Donerson said it’s all hands on deck.

“We have crews in from Ohio that actually arrived this weekend to help us with our restoration efforts,” she said. “We’ll just be working as quickly and safely as possible to get power restored for our customers.”

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