More than 252,000 customers in the dark

DETROIT – Storms move through southeast Michigan early Thursday, causing problems in metro Detroit.

Starting at 9:59 a.m. on Friday, August 13, over 252,000 DTE Energy customers were without power, approximately 24% of the service area.

Power outages are scattered throughout the region, but the hardest hit areas appear to be Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

You can check the DTE failure map here. Consumers Energy reports that more than 158,000 customers are affected by outages statewide.

DTE says about 95% of outages should be restored by the end of Sunday.

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DTE Energy posted the following message Thursday morning:

Our crews will be working around the clock to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We brought in additional linemen from out of state to help with restoration efforts. Stay at least 20 feet away from all downed power lines and anything they touch and consider them live and dangerous.

Report a DTE failure here. Report a breakdown at Consumers Energy here.

Safety tips during a storm

  • Stay at least 20 feet away from downed power lines and anything they come into contact with, including puddles and fences. Also keep children and pets away.

  • Be extremely careful near metal fences, which conduct electricity, following a violent storm. Electric current will be strongest where a downed power line touches a metal fence. Even a connecting fence located at multiple backyards can be live and dangerous.

  • Never cross the yellow barrier tape. It can be around downed power lines.

  • Never drive over downed power lines. If a power line falls on your vehicle, stay inside your car until help arrives.

  • A live power line can spark and spin in circles as it searches for ground. A ground is the earth or something that touches the earth, such as a fence or a tree. A live wire that has found its ground may remain silent, but it is still dangerous. Report a downed power line, on the DTE Energy mobile app, or call us immediately at 800.477.4747.
  • Cables or telephone lines can be energized if they come into contact with power lines. Contact with a live power line can be fatal.

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