High winds in Southeast Michigan have cut power to greater than 260,000 DTE Energy Co. customers and prompted at the least one demise from a fallen tree limb.
The variety of these with out power jumped from 160,000 inside a span of two hours Friday afternoon. Spokeswoman Amanda Knaebel stated the corporate is uncertain when power might be restored, as excessive winds are stopping crews from instantly fixing strains.
“Once the weather has passed, crews will assess the damage and provide an estimate early Saturday,” in accordance to the most recent replace from DTE. “Our crews will work 16-hour shifts around the clock until all customers are restored.”
Knaebel stated crews might be working by means of the night time, restoring essential wants first.
A fallen tree department killed a person in Independence Township on Friday, in accordance to the Oakland County Sheriff’s workplace, which issued phrases of warning throughout its social media channels.
Detroit-based DTE warned customers to keep at the least 20 toes from downed power strains. Downed strains could be reported by calling (800) 477-4747 or visiting Dteenergy.com.
More info could be discovered on the utility’s power outage map.
About 78,000 Consumers Energy customers are additionally with out power as of three p.m., in accordance to the Jackson-based utility. Like DTE, it stated it plans to work by means of the night time and weekend.
The National Weather Service Advisory issued a excessive wind warning for metro Detroit and mid-Michigan till 6 p.m. Friday, with peak gusts of 55-65 miles per hour.