Metro Detroiters prepare for large number of power outages ahead of storm

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 17:26:41-04

(WXYZ) — DTE says they have crews ready to respond to power outages and many in metro Detroit are preparing themselves for the storm too.

From icing up coolers, to downloading movies and books to putting fresh batteries in flashlights and setting out books and board games, many in metro Detroit are bracing for the possibility of power outages.

Gary Pipia from Oak Electric says his phone has been ringing all day with people asking about generators. Those who have generators want to make sure they are working properly and those without are considering a purchase.

Pipia says his generators are installed similar to air conditioning units. They are connected to your home and will kick on automatically when power goes out. When the electricity is restored, the generator automatically turns off.

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For those with portable generators, a reminder is not to bring them into your home. Bringing a portable generator into your house can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Make sure your phone and other battery operated devices are fully charged.