MI power outage so large other states lend a hand

Miranda GreerMar 10, 2017

A downed power line reportedly sparked another fire in St. Clair County's Kimball Township in MI, prompting the evacuation of nearby homes.

According to Lauer, 90% of DTE Energy customers will be restored to service by end of the day on Sunday, March 12. "Lots of trees and power lines are down". The utility has been working around the clock to help restore more than 319,000 customers without power during two days of high winds across the state.

"All of our focus right now is securing downed power lines and keeping the public safe". The winds died down mid-evening Wednesday, and, as of early Thursday morning, DTE had the number down to about 670,000, and Consumers Energy down to 210,000.

~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.

In its statement, DTE said crews will be working 16-hour shifts to restore power with more workers coming in from Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, New York and Pennsylvania to assist. Do not go near any downed line and report it immediately. Many traffic signals were out across the state, and Snyder advised drivers to exercise extreme caution.

The cause of the extensive problems was the wet ground after the unusually mild winter and excessive rains.

While 911 is functioning, the fire and police departments are running on generators, Duchane said.

Details on the outages were unavailable mid-afternoon as DTE's outage map was slow to load and not updating.

A high wind warning from the National Weather Service runs until 7 p.m. for all counties in Southeast Michigan. He said the city was the hardest hit community in Macomb County, with the city's southwest area hit the worst. DTE advised MI residents to use extreme caution if they come into contact with a downed line.

Customers have three convenient ways to contact DTE during an outage.

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