DETROIT – Strong winds are moving through southeast Michigan on Sunday, which could cause widespread power outages.
A severe wind warning was issued for all of southeast Michigan through 4 p.m. Sunday. Wind gusts could reach 60 mph during this time.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, DTE Energy reported that more than 3,000 customers were without electricity.
Click here to see the DTE power outage map.
Consumers Energy reported that approximately 12,500 customers were affected by power outages throughout the rest of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula beginning at 2:45 p.m. See their outage map here.
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.
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 that fumes do not enter.
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