DETROIT - DTE Energy crews continue to work around the clock to restore service to the 5,000 customers who are still without power following two days of severe thunderstorms that came through southeast Michigan Thursday and Friday.
DTE says approximately 125,000 customers have had their electric service restored since. The vast majority of the remaining power outages are in the Waterford and Bloomfield Township vicinity.
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The remaining outages are scattered throughout DTE Energy's service area. DTE Energy crews continue to work around the clock to restore service. The company says they have also received assistance from other utilities in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania to help with the restoration.
DTE Energy expects to restore more than 95 percent of the affected customers by tonight. The remaining outages will be restored Sunday.
If you have no power:
Customers are encouraged to call DTE Energy at (800) 477-4747to report power outages or downed lines.
Customers can use the mobile website at dteenergy.com, or their iPhone or Android phone to report a power problem using the DTE Energy Outage Center app. The app is available free of charge from the Apple Store or Google Play.
Customers can report an outage, check on the status of an outage, and view our outage map, all from their smart phones.
Additional information on the current storm – including our on-line Power Outage Map – is available at www.dteenergy.com/outage.
Stay away from downed power lines and anything with which they come in contact, especially metal fences. Treat every downed power line as if it were energized.
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.
Always operate generators outdoors to avoid dangerous buildup of toxic fumes.
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.
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