DETROIT – All of Metro Detroit is under a High Wind Warning until 7 p.m. Wednesday night.
The forecast played out perfectly today, as wind quickly ramped up this morning. Most of the area received wind gusts between 50 and 60 mph, with some over 60 mph, and the results were dramatic: hundreds of thousands of people without power, trees blown onto houses, limbs taking down power lines, and even some structural damage
DTE: More than 600,000 customers without power
DTE Energy is reporting more than 600,000 customers are without power. The outages are scattered throughout southeast Michigan, and that number is expected to grow.
You can follow the latest power outages using the DTE Outage Map here (although it seems to be down). The map shows scattered outages around Metro Detroit.
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.