DTE power outage: Wind storm causes 2nd largest outage in company's history

Over half a million DTE customers without power

DETROIT - Thousands of families across Metro Detroit are wondering when they will get their power back after heavy winds caused more than half a million outages in the area.

UPDATE: DTE Energy: 'This is the largest weather event in DTE history'

Heather Rivard from the DTE command center said hundreds of thousands of Metro Detroiters have been affected.

"We've had a total of nearly 600,000 customers impacted by this storm, making it the second largest in our company's history," Rivard said.

The largest outage in history was in 1991, when more than 680,000 customers were impacted, Rivard said.

Click here to view the updated power outage numbers in Metro Detroit.

She said the outages are widely scattered across their entire service territory.

"We've had reported over 2,000 wire-down cases since the storm began," Rivard said. "That is our No. 1 priority right now."

Rivard said crews are out around Metro Detroit working to repair dangerous areas where electrical wires are downed or damaged.

She said DTE will release an update when an expected restoration time is decided. Stay with ClickOnDetroit.com for updates.

You can listen to the full interview with Rivard in the video posted above.

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