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10K Power Outages Reported, Dark Detroit Schools Close Early

DETROIT (WWJ) – About 10,000 power outages were reported, late Tuesday morning, as heavy rains pounded Southeast Michigan; and several Detroit schools closed early due a Public Lighting problem.

Dossin, Edison, Carver and Dixon school were closed.  At Ann Arbor Trail, Breithaupt, Cooke, Emerson, Gardner, Ludington, Mann, Charles Wright, Detroit Public Schools Spokesperson Kaniqua Daniel-Welch said students would be released on delayed closure once parents were notified. [Check the school closings list HERE].

Ongoing problems with Detroit’s decrepit electrical grid have been a continuing concern in the bankrupt city; and outages such as Friday’s are not uncommon.  Attributed to “system overload”, a widespread outage last summer shut down power to Wayne State University, the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, the City-County building, and midtown museums for two days.

WWJ AccuWeather Meteorologist Dr. Joe Sobel said fast-moving storms could bring large hail and wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. [More on the weather HERE].

DTE spokesman said they’re expecting  more outages Tuesday as severe weather rolls in. One of he hard-hit areas so far is near Sibley and Telegraph Road, south of Detroit.

To report downed lines or a power outage to DTE, call 800-477-4747.  You can make a report online or check the DTE outage map, HERE.

Keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for the latest forecast during traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s. See the live, local radar now at this link.

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