DETROIT – As of 6:00AM EDT in Detroit there are approximately 206,000 DTE Energy customers are without electric service due to the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Friday evening.
Wind gusts of well over 75 miles an hour have caused over 2,000 downed power lines across our service area.
The vast majority of customers will have their power restored by late Monday night, but some small clusters of customers and individual service problems probably will not be restored until Tuesday or Wednesday.
Detroit is getting help from across the United States. Six hundred workers from Tennessee, Wisconsin and New York have been assisting. Many of the workers are putting in sixteen hour shifts working alongside tree-trimming crews to bring back service, according to DTE.
Detroit is struggling with a mounting debt, and the loss of the city’s industrial base.