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Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

Most Michigan power should be restored by weekend

Most Michigan power should be restored by weekend

Reports of wind gusts in excess of 50 mph blew down trees, knocked out power to 230,000 DTE Energy customers and scattered debris in roadways across metro Detroit during the midday hours March 8.

Because of the storm's duration and statewide impact, Consumers says some customers in the worst impacted areas may not have power restored until Sunday.

Almost 95,000 customers throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin lost power during storms Monday night. Restoration estimates are now unavailable until the weather has passed.

The Weather Service has issued a wind advisory in effect through noon, with gusts of more than 45 miles per hour possible.

As you might imagine, these high winds could lead to power outages across Mid-Michigan.

Lauer of DTE advised residents to check on elderly neighbors and others with health or mobility problems while power is being restored, which he said will likely take several days. DTE says "restoration estimates continue to be unavailable" and scheduled a news conference in the evening.

Despite today's sunny and bright conditions, the winds have been steady and strong for much of the day, causing damage and power outages across the region.

Elsewhere in the state, more than 180 students at an early childhood center in Barry Country's Woodland Township were bused to a nearby high school after winds blew part of the center's roof away, M.Live.com reported.

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

More than 400,000 DTE Energy customers are without electricity late Wednesday afternoon, The Associated Press reported.

Do not cross yellow caution tape, which indicates there is a downed power line, and never drive over a downed wire. Customers can also call DTE at 800-477-4747 to report power outages or downed lines.

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

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