Winds Blamed For Power Outages

A massive effort to restore power to more than a half million DTE Energy customers could last through the weekend.

Don't touch a fallen power line or anything touching the wire.

He says power should be restored to the Grand Rapids area by Thursday night and other areas in West Michigan by Saturday.

"Please do not go near a downed power line and be aware of the potential for fallen trees, branches, and blowing debris that may cause a potentially risky situation", Bouchard said in a release. Some 200,000 residents remained without power early Thursday.

"While we have announced plans to build a new natural gas plant, DTE is assessing all options for new power capacity, including the purchase of a natural gas plant to produce electricity", DTE Electric President Trevor Lauer said.

Roneisha Mullen, spokesperson for DTE, told the Tribune they first started receiving calls regarding power outages around 10 a.m. Do not go near any downed line and report it immediately.

While 911 is functioning, the fire and police departments are running on generators, Duchane said. Many traffic signals were out across the state, and Snyder advised drivers to exercise extreme caution.

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Customers have three ways to contact DTE during an outage.

The problems could get worse as the winds will continue until evening, as the National Weather Service's high wind warning won't expired until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Parts of the roads in the city was closed because power line was blown to roadways and the city's maintenance team couldn't clear them out.

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

Wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour were reported north of Detroit in Oakland County, Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

DTE expects to have 90 percent of those knocked offline, back online by the end of the day on Sunday. Customers should stay at least 20 feet away from all power lines and anything they may contact, and consider them live.

  • Adam Floyd