DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - DTE says it could have 1,000 workers out on the streets of Metro Detroit Tuesday as winds in excess of 60 miles per hour are predicted.
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The Detroit Fire Department says it will have 250 firefighters on hand, ready to respond to anything.
There is concern as everyone remembers what happened early last month when high winds blew thick black smoke and ash and flames from house to house in Detroit neighborhoods, destroying some entire blocks.
But a Detroit fire chief says conditions were different then, it was hotter and dryer and that is not the situation or concern for Tuesday.
What could be a serious problem will be trees blown down and snapped wires that could start a structure fire or electrify a chain link fence.
Both DTE and Detroit Fire officials are warning people to stay at least 20 feet from any wire and report it immediately by calling 1-800-477-4747.
Battery operated flashlights and radios will be good to have if the power goes out and there is a warning about letting children walk from school if the winds are high because falling limbs can be dangerous, even deadly.
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