DTE preps for widespread outages in SE Michigan

Posted at 10:30 PM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 05:23:48-04

(WXYZ) — With potential for widespread power outages from strong winds coming to metro Detroit, DTE is already making plans to respond quickly.

At DTE headquarters, a lot of planning and preparation are underway to deal with those high winds. In total, 1,000 line workers will be ready to go, with 300 of them coming from out of state.

“Depending on timing of winds, it could be by noon we see some outage, or it could be in the late afternoon.” said Ryan Stowe, DTE VP of distribution operations.

Stowe also said crews will also be wearing masks and other protective equipment, riding separately and sanitizing regularly.

Residents of metro Detroit who see crews working near their home or business are urged to remain at least six feet away, and to not approach downed lines.

“I’d ask during these times to stay back. Let them do their job and get any updates on our mobile app or website.” said Stowe.

DTE reminds us to charge mobile devices, have extra batteries, keep an emergency kit with radio, flashlights, candles, bottled water and non-perishable food. With wind gusts that could exceed 50 miles an hour, Consumer’s Energy is also readying their own response crews, to make repairs throughout the area.