Power Outage Numbers Continue To Climb in Washtenaw County

Apr 14, 2014

Windy conditions continue today and it's causing an increasing number of power outages. DTE Energy spokesperson Alejandro Bodipo-Memba tells WEMU about six-thousand Washtenaw County customers are without electricity. 

DTE crews working on down wires along Fuller Court, near the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Oakland County is hardest hit with 48-thousand out. Wayne County has 19-thousand in the dark. 

More than 300-power lines have been knocked down in the region because of the winds that, at times, have exceeded 50-miles per hour. Wind and weather conditions will continue to hamper restoration efforts.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department reports a number of trees and branches bowled over by the gusting winds, and a lot of debris being blown across area roadways. Because of the outages, a number of intersections are without traffic lights and are being treated as four way stops.  

The intersection of Washtenaw Avenue and Carpenter Road, where a power outage has knocked traffic light service
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

DTE now believes it will take through the day tomorrow to fully restore power.