Utility crews are working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses following severe thunderstorms that moved through Michigan.
Thousands of homes and businesses lost power and hundreds of schools were closed for the day because of a storm packing snow, sleet and rain that hit the state.
More than a dozen Metro Detroit communities have declared snow emergencies.(Click for the list!)
DTE Energy is reporting 16,000 outages, with 4,000 in Waterford Township. There are another 1,800 outages in New Baltimore.
DTE Energy says about 17,000 customers remain without electricity, following high winds over the weekend. Approximately 120,000 customers lost service at some point over the weekend.
A DTE Energy spokesman said there is an issue with a main electric line that connects several others.
As the east coast braces for the impact of Hurricane Sandy, a wind advisory is in effect in Southeast Michigan.
Strong overnight left about 18,000 DTE customers without power. The outages are scattered throughout metro Detroit and surrounding communities.
To improve electrical service reliability and safety for customers, DTE tree trimming crews will be working in several local communities over the next two months.
About 8,000 DTE Energy Co. customers in Oakland County will receive credits on future bills after losing service this summer due to a substation fire.
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