Crews work to restore power in MI after damaging winds

Posted March 10, 2017

DTE said people should consider all downed power lines as being live and should stay at least 20 feet away from all downed power lines and anything the power lines might touch. 650 crews are coming from various states to join in the effort including Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and NY. DTE recognizes this event will be hard for our customers and we ask for your ongoing patience.

"As Michiganders are struggling with storm damage and power outages from some of the extreme winds that are blowing through the state, our first priority is the safety and security of residents", Snyder said. The company said its first priority is to fix downed lines.

DTE Energy is aiming for 90 percent power restoration by Monday.

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He added: "As we work to restore power as quic". More than 1,000 poles also were broken by the wind, Consumers said. A fire was sparked by downed power lines in St. Clair County's Kimball Township, prompting nearby homes to be evacuated. A University of MI airplane crashed while trying to take off from the Willow Run Airport at Ypsilanti, located in Washtenaw County.

Almost 800,000 customers were affected by the outages.

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Some may not have power back until the weekend, line workers from out of state will start arriving Thursday morning to help. It may take 24 to 48 hours for all power to be restored in that city. Generators, kerosene or propane space heaters emit carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that can result in fatal cases of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Harper Creek Community Schools closed Wattles Park Elementary School at 12:30 p.m., also due to an outage, according to the school's Facebook page.

The "vast majority" of customers will be see power restored within the next "couple" of days, Lauer said Wednesday. Kept closed, a well-filled freezer will preserve food for two days.

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