Crews work to restore power to tens of thousands

DETROIT – About 60,000 customers remained without power as of 9 p.m. Monday, according to DTE Energy.

Counties with the greatest number of customers still without power are:

Wayne  – 40,000

Oakland – 10,000

Macomb – 4,000

Washtenaw – 4,000

DTE said the remaining outages are scattered throughout its service territory comprised of 2.1 million customers.

For those still living without power, it could be days before the lights come back on. However, DTE has restored power to more than 90 percent of the schools that lost power. They said they expect the remaining schools to be rest to get power by Tuesday.

"This is the 10th most impactful storm in the company's 111-year history," DTE said in a statement. "DTE has enlisted the help of 600 linemen from utilities in Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York and Tennessee to assist the restoration effort. Additionally, about 1,700 DTE Energy employees are involved in efforts to safeguard the public from possible hazards due to downed power lines."

WATCH: Severe storms leave major mess across southeast Michigan

Wind gusts of more than 75 mph caused more than 2,000 downed power lines across the utility's southeast Michigan service area. Residents are being asked to stay at least 20 feet away from all power lines and anything they're in contact with, and to consider them live.

A Warren man was killed after being electrocuted because of a downed wire in a backyard. Residents should also be cautious of any tree branches that may also snap or fall.

Ferndale neighborhood waits for power to come back on

A neighborhood in Ferndale near 9 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue was still without power Saturday night. Some people were charging their devices from their car as others were getting by the old fashioned way.

With the entire block in the dark, some neighbors on Drayton Street in Ferndale broke out the lawn chairs, their coolers filled full of ice and they grilled all the meat they had.

For those without power and major games to watch, they headed to places with the lights on. While Rosie O' Gradys was packed, across the street every business was closed due to the storm.

DTE offers this map to help customers track power outages.


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