More than 10% of the DTE Energy service area in Southeast Michigan still without power


More than 260,000 DTE Energy customers were without power Tuesday morning, a day after severe storms knocked down trees and power lines in the area Monday afternoon and evening.

DTE Energy reported 250,000 customers in the dark at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, approximately 11% of the entire catchment area, a slight improvement from earlier in the day. DTE said 3,272 crew members were working in the field to restore power.

“Our crews secure the more than 3,300 downed power lines, assess the damage and begin restoration. Crews from across the country are being brought in to assist in this effort,” DTE said.

DTE said on Monday that it expects to restore power to 80% of affected households by the end of the day on Thursday.

Wind gusts in multiple areas reached 70 mph, which is almost the strength of a weak tornado. In West Michigan, more than 150,000 Consumers Energy customers were without power. Several schools were closed due to disruptions in Metro Detroit.


Storms swept through Michigan, Indiana and Ohio on Monday, but Michigan was by far the hardest hit by power outages. Indiana and Ohio combined had 20,000 power outages, while Michigan had more than 350,000 statewide. In the past, DTE has blamed trees.

Read: Why are Michigan’s power lines not underground?

All of this follows DTE Energy’s proposal to raise the rate by 8.8% to raise $388 million for grid improvements. Many residents have pushed the Michigan Public Service Commission to reject the proposal.

More: Storms Cause Widespread Damage, Wayne County Power Outages

Safety tips during a storm

  • Stay at least 20 feet away from downed power lines and anything they come into contact with, including pools of water and fences. Also keep children and pets away.

  • Be extremely careful around metal gates, which conduct electricity, after a severe storm. Electrical current will be strongest when a downed power line hits a metal fence. Even a connecting fence several backyards away can be energized and dangerous.

  • Never cross yellow barrier tape. It could be around downed power lines.

  • Never drive over downed power lines. If a power line falls on your vehicle, stay in your car until emergency help arrives.

  • A live power line can spark and float around looking for a ground. A ground is the earth or something that touches the earth, such as a fence or a tree. A live wire that has found its ground may lie still, but it is still dangerous. Report a power cable failure online, via the DTE Energy Mobile App or call us directly at 800-477-4747.
  • Cable or telephone lines can become live if they come into contact with electrical lines. Contact with a live power line can be fatal.

  • Never use a portable generator in a home or business. It emits carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. Keep it outside, away from windows and doors, so the fumes can’t get in.

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The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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