SE Michigan power outages: More than 260K in the dark due to storms

DTE Energy reports thousands without power on Aug. 29-30

Power outage map at 6:20 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2022. (WDIV)

DETROIT – Severe weather moved through Southeast Michigan on Monday afternoon, with several power outages being reported in the area.

As of 9:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, more than 262,000 were without power in Southeast Michigan, according to DTE Energy. That’s more than 11% of the entire service area without power.

More than 113,000 Consumers Energy customers were without power in West and mid-Michigan.

Report an outage to DTE here. Report an outage to Consumers Energy here.

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.
  • 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.

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