DETROIT (WWJ) –  High winds caused thousands of homes and businesses to lose power in metro Detroit on Thursday.

DTE Energy Spokesperson Randi Berris said she couldn’t really offer a more specific estimate.

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“We have several thousand power outages scattered throughout our territory in Southeast Michigan right now,” she told WWJ Newsradio 950, Thursday afternoon.  “That number is a moving target as wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour are coming across our territory.”

Westland and Wayne saw the majority of the outages. Berris said while crews were working quickly to restore power, additional outages were expected until the winds die down.

Berris urges local resident to call the utility company immediately if they spot a problem.

“With the warmer temperatures, we know that kinds are outside enjoying the air right now, but watch out for downed lines,” she said. “Please make sure to stay at least 20 feet away from any downed lines, and let us know right away if you see one.”

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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]

AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Bowers said that a front accompanied by gusty southwest winds is also to thank for Thursday’s warmer temperatures. The high temperate did creep above 70 degrees for a time at Metro Airport, but the area will cool off a bit in the evening, Bowers said, as a couple of showers blow through.

It won’t be quite as warm or as windy on Friday, he said, with sunny skies and temps in the 60s. Bowers said, however, that metro Detroit could flirt with 70 degrees again on Saturday.

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