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Tue November 19, 2013
Update: Power Outage in SE Michigan
Update: 6 a.m., DTE Energy has restored 252,000 customers who lost power following severe thunderstorms and strong winds that blew across the region Sunday. Approximately 50,000 customers remain without power. Some 302,000 customers were affected by power outages since the strong winds began Sunday afternoon. About 90% of customers are expected to have their power restored by late tonight.
Update: 4 p.m. DTE Energy has restored 202,000 customers who lost power following severe thunderstorms and strong winds that blew across the region Sunday. Approximately 100,000 customers remain without power, down from a peak of 302,000. About 90% of customers are expected to have their power restored by Wednesday evening. All available DTE crews and contractors are working 16-hour shifts around the clock to restore power. On Wednesday, more than 100 crews—from as far away as Colorado and Pennsylvania—are expected to start assisting with restoration efforts.
Update 6:20 a.m. About 8,000 Washtenaw County residents and businesses are still without power this morning. DTE Energy says, as of 6am this morning, it had restored electricity to approximately 192,000 customers following the severe thunderstorms and strong winds that blew across the region Sunday. The utility says a total of 302,000 customers lost power.
The majority of customers are expected to have their power restored by late tonight. DTE says Sunday's storm is the largest storm it experienced this year and one of the largest in the last decade. More than 1,500 downed power lines have been reported. Customers should stay at least 20 feet away from downed power lines and anything they're in contact with, such as metal fences and cars.
Treat every downed power line as if it were energized. DTE says its crews are working 16-hour shifts around the clock to restore service. Since the storms impacted the entire Midwest, crews from other utilities usually available through mutual assistance are currently tending to their own power outages. Approximately 120 crews-from as far away as Colorado and Pennsylvania-are expected to arrive in southeast Michigan to assist with restoration efforts today.