Update Friday, March 10, 2017: More than half the electricity customers who lost power Wednesday, March 8, 2017 across southeast Michigan are still in the dark Friday morning.
Thousands of workers, including many from out-of-state, are working non-stop to restore power to about 515,000 DTE Energy customers and 100,000 Consumers Energy customers.
"DTE expects to have roughly 90% of customers restored by Sunday evening. DTE recognizes this event is difficult for customers and asks for your ongoing patience," DTE Energy said in a news release.
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Warming Centers & Assistance for Those Without Power
As DTE works through one of the most significant weather events in DTE history, patience and support is appreciated.
As of 8:00pm Wednesday, March 8, 2017, more than 650,000 customers were impacted by the severe winds across our service territory. The outages are widespread across the region, and DTE expects restoration to take a number of days. Restoration estimates will be available Thursday, March 9, 2017, after crews have been able to assess the damage. If you have a Smart Meter and have been unable to reach DTE to report your outage, rest assured that they know you are out of power and we will be working to restore it. Crews will be working around the clock to restore power, and additional crews from Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and New York will be in Michigan to assist.
At times, winds gusted in excess of 60 mph, causing extensive tree damage, resulting in more than 3,000 downed power lines. DTE has mobilized 'Secure First' responders to secure the areas around downed wires to ensure the safety of the public. Stay at least 20 feet away from all power lines and anything they may contact, and consider them live. They are extremely dangerous. Heed the warning of yellow caution tape, which indicates there is a downed power line in the area. DO NOT CROSS YELLOW CAUTION TAPE.
Customers have three ways to contact DTE during a power outage. Customers can report an outage, check on the status of an outage and view an outage map from their smart phones using the DTE Energy Mobile App, which is available free of charge from the Apple Store or Google Play. DTE encourages customers to use dteenergy.com as well. Customers can also call DTE at (800) 477 - 4747 to report power outages or downed lines.
DTE continues to address streetlight outages and is working to deliver the best possible service under the circumstances. Normal repair time is 3 - 5 business days with major issues taking up to 10 days. However, with the recent wind storm, this repair time will take longer. If you have any urgent concerns on streetlight outages, especially if there is a safety concern, please contact Community Lighting at (800) 548 - 4655.