10K without power in SE Michigan, utilities on alert for wind-related outages

DETROIT (AP) - DTE  Energy says there are 10,000 customers without power in the southeastern Michigan area. The power outages are scattered across Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair and Macomb counties according to DTE.

Check DTE Interactive Outage Map here to see areas affected near you.

Michigan utilities say high winds have caused numerous power outages in the state and they're keeping an eye on the weather to respond to power problems. 

If your power does go out, there are some precautions you should take.

All available DTE Energy crews are working 16-hour shifts, around the clock, to restore service.

More than 90 percent of customers affected have their power back, but DTE says it might be Saturday before small pockets of customers and individual service problems are back in service.

Detroit-based DTE says it has released 100 contract line workers to assist utilities along the eastern U.S. with storm response. Superstorm Sandy bore down on the Eastern seaboard and strengthened, putting it on a collision course with two other weather systems.

CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy unit says storms also may affect some of its 1.8 million Michigan customers. Consumers Energy says it has released more than a dozen employees and 120 contract employees to assist in the eastern U.S.

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