DTE: Metro Detroit windstorm set record for outages

DTE: Metro Detroit windstorm set record for outages

High winds in Michigan's Detroit City left nearly 600,000 people without power on Wednesday and with little hope for the power to be restored quickly, according to local news report.

Consumers Energy and DTE worked diligently against the winds and time to restore power as quickly as possible to customers.

UPDATE: DTE announces this is the second-largest weather related outage in company history. Customers should stay at least 20 feet away from all power lines and anything they may contact, and consider them live. As of 10:30 a.m., estimated times of restoration have been established for our MI customers.

Expect winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts around 60 miles per hour from late morning into mid afternoon. With high winds in the forecast extending through 7 p.m. Wednesday, additional outages were expected.

As for the last 24 hours, strong winds have been the story, as much of the state is under a wind advisory until noon Wednesday.

Reports of wind gusts in excess of 50 mph left traffic lights in many intersections darkened during the midday hours.

"We had approximately 45,000 customers in Livingston County that were affected, and we have restored about half", as of 10:45 a.m. Friday, DTE spokesperson Jennifer Wilt said.

"Given the sheer size of the (power outage), we expect the restoration to take multiple days", a DTE spokesman said Thursday.

On Tuesday 30,000 customers were affected, primarily in northern MI.

Outages can be viewed at their online Outage Central.

Many homeowners are now deciding whether to stay home and battle the cold or head for warmer shelter.

Restoration will take multiple days, he said, and that the outages have occurred from the tip of the Thumb to Monroe near the OH border.

Citing law enforcement, the National Weather Service reported that winds downed several power lines near Sparta including a high-voltage line that sparked a grass fire near Interstate 90.