Residents Begin Process Of Cleanup, Repair After Damaging Storms Hit Area
DETROIT (WWJ) – About 83,000 homes and businesses were still without power, Monday night, after Sunday night’s storms crashed into metro Detroit bringing along high winds and large hail.
Crews from Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin are helping get the power back on, but DTE says it may not be completely restored until late Wednesday night.
DTE spokesperson Scott Simons said the number was around 165,000 Monday morning.
“It started in the Hartland area and drove east from there, and it really didn’t let up –destruction took trees into power lines and lightning strikes hitting electric equipment, so we’re going to be assessing damage and have a better estimate for customers as far as when their power will be restored,” said Simons.
Jennifer Caspers said her day in Keego Harbor began smoothly on Sunday …
“It was just a beautiful sunny day and then the next thing you know, everything broke loose and things were flying everywhere – my brand new umbrella was flying away and we had to run in the house and take the dog and kids and get in the basement, it was pretty scary,” she said.
Jennifer’s husband Chris Caspers said the neighborhood has sustained heavy damage: “siding flying off the houses, trees falling down everywhere – roads blocked.”
Keith Bagley of Keego Harbor said he took advantage of the power outage to enjoy a bottle of wine and danced with his wife.
Weather spotters reported a wind gust of 70 mph in Bloomfield Hills around Woodward and Square Lake Road during the height of the storm.
On the east side clean up continued in Warren.
Maria Gobchi is having a problem getting around.
“You know, you see that big tree right there? It was across the road last night, nobody could go that way or this way,” said Gobchi, gesturing up and down the street.
People coming into the Donut Factory were sharing weather stories.
Marla Sorlean who works behind the counter was driving home from a grocery trip and witnessed the damage first hand.
“There were downed power lines, downed trees, branches all over the place – siding blown off of building, the fence around the perimeter – panels are blown out – so it’s not good in this area at all,”said Sorlean..
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