DTE: Less than 5,000 customers remain without power in metro Detroit

Posted at 11:20 AM, Jan 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-12 16:25:48-05

(WXYZ) — As of 4:09 p.m. Sunday, there are less than 5,000 DTE customers in the metro Detroit area without power, according to a DTE spokesperson. No updated estimated restoration time has been provided.
As of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, about 3,000 customers remain without power as a mix of rain, sleet, ice and gusty winds pound Southeast Michigan, according to DTE.

The company says over the course of the day, 25,000 customers have been impacted with outages scattered across the Thumb and the metro Detroit region.

More than 10,000 people are already without power as a winter storm with rain and ice moves through metro Detroit.

The DTE Energy outage map shows a majority of the customers out in the Belleville and Romulus area near Detroit Metro Airport. The other outages are scattered.

DTE has nearly 1,000 field workers station around metro Detroit. Those include line workers, tree trimmers and support staff. They also have 600 poles, 900 transformers and 1 million feet of power lines ready to go.


Below are tips from DTE:

– Keep an eye out for possible basement flooding. Be aware of the electric hazards flooding creates. Never step into a flooded basement or other room if water may be in contact with electrical outlets, appliances or cords. The water could be energized, and could shock or electrocute you.
Stay at least 20 feet away from all power lines and anything they’re in contact with and consider them live. They are extremely dangerous. Treat every downed power line as if it was energized. Customers should also heed the warning of yellow caution tape, which indicates there is a downed power line in the area. DO NOT CROSS YELLOW CAUTION TAPE.
– Never use a portable generator inside a home or business. It emits carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. Keep it outside, away from windows and doors, so the fumes won’t come in.