Work begins to restore electricity as 665k DTE Energy customers wait

Work begins to restore electricity as 665k DTE Energy customers wait

Work begins to restore electricity as 665k DTE Energy customers wait

In St. Joseph County, Myrtle Road between Jackson and Ireland is closed because of a downed tree in power lines.

Because of the storm's duration and statewide impact, some customers in the worst impacted areas may not have power restored until Sunday, Consumers Energy said in a news release. "Lots of trees and power lines are down".

"It's a fluid situation", Beres said, and there was no estimate available on when power will be restored. "Utility companies have been spending much of the afternoon just trying to get a handle on how many lines are down and how best to restore power as quickly as possible".

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DTE Energy provided an update on the massive power outage following the high winds that whipped through metro Detroit.

DTE crews will be working 16-hour shifts around the clock to restore power, and additional crews from Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Pennsylvania will be in MI on Thursday morning to assist. "

"If a light is inoperative, please treat these intersections as a 4-way stop and use caution."

Roneisha Mullen, spokesperson for DTE, told the Tribune they first started receiving calls regarding power outages around 10 a.m. Some traffic signals are dark, dangling or on the ground.

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Customers have three ways to contact DTE during an outage. More than 800,000 buildings were impacted, DTE said.

Typically, we have the DTE Energy Outage Map to gauge progress and see the extent of the work to be done, but the outages were so widespread and severe that the online map crashed, though the company's app may be working.

On Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids issued a high wind warning for most of Southwest Michigan; that's expected to last until 7 p.m. Wednesday. "That was a contributing factor to this many customers being affected in this particular wind storm".

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DTE Energy crews are now on 16-hour shifts, and crews from four other states will be lending a helping hand in the restoration efforts.

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