DTE Energy: 75 percent of customers should have power restored by end of Friday

295,000 customers still without power

DETROIT - DTE Energy announced Friday afternoon that the company expects 75 percent of its customers to have power restored by the end of the day. 

The power company said 295,000 customers still don't have power after Wednesday's strong winds swept through southeast Michigan. About 90 percent of DTE's customers should have power by Sunday night, the company said. 

During a Friday afternoon news conference, DTE President and CEO Jerry Norcia said the company's restoration team is fully mobilized and working around the clock. That includes 1,500 line workers, 950 of which are from out of state. About 1,000 tree trimmers are at work, 250 of which are from out of state. 

The utility company reminded everyone to stay away from downed wires, keep generators outside of homes, and make sure elderly people are safe. 

Warming centers have been set up across Metro Detroit -- view list here

Here's a restoration timeline: 

  • 6 a.m. Thursday -- 670,000 DTE customers without power
  • 7 a.m. Thursday -- 670,00 DTE customers without power
  • 10 a.m. Thursday -- 665,000 DTE customers without power
  • 2:45 p.m. Thursday -- 630,000 DTE customers without power
  • 4 p.m. Thursday -- 570,000 DTE customers without power
  • 9 p.m. Thursday --   515,000  DTE customers without power
  • 6 a.m. Friday -- 515,000 DTE customers without power
  • 10 a.m. Friday -- 400,000 DTE customers without power
  • 2 p.m. Friday -- 340,000 DTE customers without power
  • 4 p.m. Friday -- 295,000 DTE customers without power
  • 9:30 p.m. Friday --- 248,000 DTE customers without power 

Storm tips from DTE

  • Never drive across a downed power line. If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain inside until help arrives.
  • Always operate generators outdoors to avoid dangerous buildup of toxic fumes.
  • Turn off or unplug all appliances to prevent an electrical overload when power is restored. Leave one light switch on to indicate when power is restored.
  • Don’t open refrigerators or freezers more than absolutely necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for 12 hours. Kept closed, a well-filled freezer will preserve food for two days.
  • 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.

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