DETROIT – Storms are moving through Southeast Michigan early Thursday, causing problems across Metro Detroit.
As of 9:59 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, more than 252,000 DTE Energy customers were without power, about 24% of the service area.
Power outages are scattered across the area, but the hardest hit areas appear to be Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
DTE says about 95% of outages are expected to be restored by the end of Sunday.
DTE Energy posted the following message Thursday morning:
Our teams will be working around the clock to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We have called in additional out-of-state linemen to help with restoration efforts. Stay at least 20 feet away from all downed power lines and anything they’re in contact with and consider them energized and dangerous.
Safety tips during a storm
- Stay at least 20 feet away from downed power lines and anything they are in contact with, including puddles of water and fences. Keep children and pets away too.
- Be extremely cautious near metal fences, which conduct electricity, following a severe storm. Electric current will be the strongest where a downed power line is touching a metal fence. Even a connecting fence several backyards away can be energized and dangerous.
- Never cross yellow barrier tape. It may be around downed power lines.
- Never drive across downed power lines. If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain inside your car until emergency help arrives.
- A live power line may spark and whip around as it looks for a ground. A ground is the earth or something touching the earth, like a fence or a tree. A live wire that has found its ground may lie silently, but it is still dangerous. Report a downed power line online, on the DTE Energy Mobile App or call us immediately at 800.477.4747.
- Cable or telephone lines can be energized if they come in contact with electrical lines. Contact with any energized power line can be fatal.