DETROIT - Consumers Energy is reporting 94,000 customers without power in Michigan, with about 6,500 of those in Metro Detroit.
The Consumers Energy Power Outage Map can be found here.
150k+ customers have been restored but 150k+ are still without power. Please drive carefully when you see our crews at work. #CEOutage pic.twitter.com/FibR7ZgrKt — Consumers Energy (@ConsumersEnergy) March 9, 2017
Consumers said 319,000 of its customers were affected as 7,900 wires were taken down by the high winds. More than 1,000 poles also were broken by the wind, Consumers said.
"We have been working through the night and making steady progress," said Guy Packard, vice president of energy operations at Consumers Energy. "The lighter winds make for improved working conditions for our crews. We appreciate their commitment to safety and our customers’ continued patience."
Between Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, high winds have knocked out power to more than 800,000 customers statewide.
If you see a downed power line:
- Call DTE Energy immediately at 800-477-4747
- Assume the wire is hot. Just because there aren't sparks, doesn't mean the line isn't carrying electricity.
- Don't touch a fallen power line or anything touching the wire. Always stay 25 feet away from a downed power line.
- Do not touch anything or anyone in contact with a fallen power line.
- Stay away from water near downed power lines, even small puddles.
- If a fallen power line comes in contact with your vehicle, STAY INSIDE until help arrives. If you must leave, jump clear of the vehicle.
- Be careful not to stand under damaged tree limbs or power lines
- Be especially cautious near metal fences around the area.
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