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UPDATE: 12,000 DTE customers remain without power in southeast Michigan

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Posted at 7:46 AM, May 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-07 11:18:18-04

After high winds and severe weather across Southeast Michigan on Friday, DTE says that about 12,000 customers in the area are without power. That is as of Monday at 5:30 a.m.

More than 300,000 customers were offline at the height of Friday’s wind storm. DTE says at one point, the winds were causing an average of 1,000 outages per minute.

DTE has restored power to 96 percent of its 300,000 customers who were affected by the winds. The company says nearly all customers will be restored by the end of day on Monday. 

DTE asks customers to proceed with caution when outdoors, because of the increased possibility of downed power lines. Stay at least 20 feet away from all power lines and anything in contact with the downed line. 

DTE offers these additional storm tips:

  • Never drive across a downed power line. If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain inside until help arrives. 
  • Always operate generators outdoors to avoid dangerous buildup of toxic fumes.  
  • Don’t open refrigerators or freezers more often than absolutely necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for 12 hours. Kept closed, a well-filled freezer will preserve food for two days.   
  • Turn off or unplug all appliances to prevent an electrical overload when power is restored. Leave on one light switch to indicate when power is restored.  
  • If a customer is elderly or has a medical condition that would be adversely impacted by a power outage, they should try to make alternative accommodations with family or friends. 
  • During low-voltage conditions – when lights are dim and television pictures are smaller – shut off motor-driven appliances such as refrigerators to prevent overheating and possible damage. Sensitive electronic devices also should be unplugged.  
  • Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets or any electrically-operated appliance. The water or moisture may serve as a conductor of electricity. This can cause serious or even fatal injury.  
  • Assemble an emergency kit. It should include a battery-powered radio, a flashlight and candles, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a fire extinguisher, bottled water and non-perishable food. 
  • Customers who depend on electrically powered medical equipment should ask their physician about an emergency battery back-up system. If a customer is elderly or has a medical condition that would be adversely impacted by a power outage, they should develop an emergency plan that allows for alternative accommodations with family or friends.  
  • Keep a corded or cell phone on hand because a cordless telephone needs electricity to operate. Also, customers should learn how to manually open automated garage doors.  
  • Customers who depend on a well for drinking water need to plan ahead on how they will obtain water. Store containers of water for cooking and washing.