DTE Energy reports that 8,000 customers in the southeastern part of the state are still in the dark — that’s down from about 42,000 affected by the high winds that started Friday.
A DTE spokesperson said that Belleville saw the most significant outages with an estimated 3,500 weather related power outages.
About 41,000 homes and businesses remain without power Tuesday morning — down from a high of 375,000 outages.
Crews continue to work 16-hour shifts around the clock to restore service, with about 40,000 in Wayne County, with the rest scattered throughout Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties.
DTE says full restoration probably will take until Tuesday or Wednesday.
Friday’s storm packed quite a punch, with wind gusts of more than 75 miles an hour and nickel-size hail.
Livonia and Redford Township residents who lost power during Friday’s severe storm can even spend the night if they’re without power.
DTE officials reported that up to 129,000 homes and businesses are without power, with the number of outages expected to grow until the storms move out of the area.
The storms brought 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines and blacked out about 169,000 electricity customers.
Electricity has been restored to parts of a suburban Detroit hospital which lost power when problems were found in two underground cables.