High winds take down trees, power lines

Mar 10, 2017, 00:38
High winds take down trees, power lines

The utility now says it's the largest weather event in their history.

"Our estimated time to get all those customers restored will be into late Sunday for the hardest hit areas", he said.

The high winds throughout MI are causing problems keeping the lights on in some areas.

DeDoes noted a particularly unusual circumstance contributing to the outages: warm March weather.

Communities throughout the region are dealing with downed power lines, blinking or dark traffic lights, and fallen trees. Restoration estimates are now unavailable until the weather has passed.

The company said this morning that crews are continuing to assess the damage, but is hoping to make restoration estimates available at some point today. "All of us at Consumes Energy appreciate our customers' patience as we commit to working 24/7 until our final customers have their energy restored following this damaging wind storm".

"We are working on our getting our website and outage map back up", DTE Energy said.

In Detroit, the fire department said that 99,000 residents are without power and it is urging them to take safety precautions while using generators to provide power to their residences. They are extremely unsafe.

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Stay away from water near downed power lines, even small puddles.

Service also was knocked out to about 9,000 homes and businesses in the Paw Paw area in southwestern Michigan, according to Indiana Michigan Power.

Customers have three ways to contact DTE during an outage.

Joining Snyder at the press conference were officials from DTE and Consumers Energy. "It is DTE's responsibility to ensure our investment decisions meet our customers' energy needs - with affordability and reliability among our top priorities".

On Tuesday 30,000 customers were affected, primarily in northern MI.

· Never drive across a downed power line. If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain inside until help arrives.

· Always operate generators outdoors to avoid risky buildup of toxic fumes.

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