State energy providers aim to restore power by Sunday

11 March, 2017, 00:13 | Author: Garry Little
  • Governor Snyder speaks on yesterday's storm

High winds in Michigan's Detroit City left nearly 600,000 people without power on Wednesday and with little hope for the power to be restored quickly, according to local news report. "This is the largest weather event in DTE's 100-year history", DTE Energy said during a press conference on Thursday. "Approximately a third of our customers are out of power".

The Weather Service has issued a wind advisory in effect through noon, with gusts of more than 45 miles per hour possible.

Almost 12,000 Xcel Energy customers in La Crosse and La Crescent, Minn., lost power Wednesday morning as high winds create problems for a third day across the upper Midwest.

"Our estimated time to get all those customers restored will be into late Sunday for the hardest hit areas", he said. "Given the sheer size of this storm, we expect the restoration to take multiple days", he said.

Despite today's sunny and bright conditions, the winds have been steady and strong for much of the day, causing damage and power outages across the region.

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The DTE Outage Map shows thousands of power outages in every corner of Southeast Michigan; 90,000 so far Wednesday, and that number is heading north, said spokeswoman Stephanie Beres. A strong low tracked over northern MI over Lake Superior sunk that ship. They are extremely risky. "If you see yellow caution tape, a downed power line is in the area; do not cross the yellow caution tape".

Customers have three ways to contact DTE during an outage. DTE encourages customers to use the website at dteenergy.com as well. If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain inside until help arrives. Leave one light switch on to indicate when power is restored.

Harper Creek Community Schools closed Wattles Park Elementary School at 12:30 p.m., also due to an outage, according to the school's Facebook page.

Roneisha Mullen, spokesperson for DTE, told the Tribune they first started receiving calls regarding power outages around 10 a.m.

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