DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – DTE Energy Co. says its crews have restored power to all but roughly 10,000 of the hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses that lost service during a weekend storm, even as new severe weather is bearing down on southeast Michigan.
The Detroit-based utility says the outage figure is down from 375,000 customers blacked out Friday’s storms. DTE says most customers will have their power restored by late Wednesday, but some individual service problems may not be restored until Thursday.READ MORE: Safety Is Top Priority As Parents, Students Prepare For Upcoming School Year
[Check the DTE outage map, HERE]
Friday’s storm hit at least 462,000 power customers statewide, including 87,000 served by Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp.
The National Weather Service says Michigan could see more severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening, with possible damaging winds and heavy rains. It says the heaviest storms are likely along and south of I-94 in southern lower Michigan.
Storm tips from DTE:
· Never drive across a downed power line. If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain inside until help arrives.
· Don’t open refrigerators or freezers more often than absolutely necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for 12 hours. Kept closed, a well-filled freezer will preserve food for two days.
· Turn off or unplug all appliances to prevent an electrical overload when power is restored. Leave on one light switch to indicate when power is restored.
· Always operate generators outdoors to avoid dangerous buildup of toxic fumes.READ MORE: Donations Needed For Landfill Search To Find Zion Foster
· If a customer is elderly or has a medical condition that would be adversely impacted by a power outage, they should try to make alternative accommodations with family or friends.
· During low-voltage conditions – when lights are dim and television pictures are smaller – shut off motor-driven appliances such as refrigerators to prevent overheating and possible damage. Sensitive electronic devices also should be unplugged.
· Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets or any electrically-operated appliance. The water or moisture may serve as a conductor of electricity. This can cause serious or even fatal injury.
· Assemble an emergency kit. It should include a battery-powered radio, a flashlight and candles, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a fire extinguisher, bottled water and non-perishable food.
· Customers who depend on electrically powered medical equipment should ask their physician about an emergency battery back-up system. If a customer is elderly or has a medical condition that would be adversely impacted by a power outage, they should develop an emergency plan that allows for alternative accommodations with family or friends.
· Keep a corded or cell phone on hand because a cordless telephone needs electricity to operate. Also, customers should learn how to manually open automated garage doors.
· Customers who depend on a well for drinking water need to plan ahead on how they will obtain water. Store containers of water for cooking and washing.
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