TAYLOR (WWJ/AP) — DTE Energy says it’s making progress in restoring electricity in the Detroit area, although 50,000 customers still lack power after storms.

Most outages Saturday are in Wayne County communities near Interstate 94, between Interstate 275 and downtown Detroit. DTE says 120,000 customers were in the dark at the peak of the outages, which began Thursday night.

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The utility says crews are working 16-hour shifts to get electricity restored.

DTE spokesman John Austerberry said crews are working to prioritize the problems.

“It’s a combination of the wind and the trees,” Austerberry said. “The wind tends to topple trees and bring down tree limbs that get caught up in our lines and cause the damage — that’s the primary cause of the problems.”

In Lansing, the Lansing Board of Water & Light reports about 9,000 customers without power.

Austerberry says most DTE customers should have power restored by Sunday evening.

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See DTE’s power outage map HERE.

To report and outage or downed power line, call 800-477-4747.

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