DETROIT – About 9,500 DTE Energy customers are without power Wednesday as a winter storm moves through Southeast Michigan.
As of 10:40 a.m., about 9,500 customers were without power due to freezing rain and ice, which brought down trees and tree limbs – and more than 175 power lines across the region.
Power has been restored to 50,500 of the 60,000 customers who were affected. Power is expected to be restored to the rest of the customers by Wednesday night.
"Crews will work 16-hour shifts around the clock to restore power to affected customers as safely and quickly as possible," DTE officials said.
Safety note from DTE:
"Safety is always a priority. Customers should stay at least 20 feet away from all power lines and anything they’re in contact with, and consider them live. They are extremely dangerous. Treat every downed power line as if it were energized. Customers should also heed the warning of yellow caution tape, which indicates there is a downed power line in the area. DO NOT CROSS YELLOW CAUTION TAPE. 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 the fumes won’t come in."