Detroit Nearly half a million people were without power in Southeast Michigan this week after devastating snow and winds swept the area.
A midweek winter storm brought rain, snow and ice build-up, causing widespread power outages through Friday.
As of 11:50 a.m. Sunday, more than 170,000 DTE customers were without power. Here’s what we know about possible recovery times.
Power recovery times for DTE power outages – what we know
DTE Energy expects to restore power to the “vast majority” of customers affected by the storm by the end of Sunday.
Because hundreds of schools closed this week due to the storm and subsequent outages, officials said getting power back to schools before Monday is a top priority.
“Our crews made solid progress this weekend and are committed to working around the clock to get the job done,” said Norm Kabala, one of the Consumer Energy chiefs responsible for the event. “We are grateful to the people in the communities we serve for their patience and understanding these past few days, and we look forward to bringing the lights back on for each individual customer.”
About 2,000 line workers from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Virginia are still working to restore power.
If you are without power, you can check the recovery time on the DTE website, link available below.
You can See a DTE outage map here.
Power outage resources
Power outages are particularly worrisome in the winter, when cold temperatures can pose risks to people and their homes. Find some resources below:
Storm safety tips
Stay at least 20 feet away from downed power lines and anything in contact with it, including puddles and fences. Keep children and pets away, too.
Be very careful near metal fencesthat conducts electricity after a severe storm. The electric current will be strongest when the downed power line touches a metal fence. Even a connecting fence several back yards away can be active and dangerous.
Never cross the yellow barrier tape. It may be about downed power lines.
Never drive through downed power lines. If a power line falls on your car, stay inside your car until emergency help arrives.
A live power line may ignite and move as it searches for ground. Ground is the ground or something touching the ground as a fracture or a tree. A live corps that has found its ground may lie silently, but it is still dangerous. Report a downed power line onlineon the DTE Energy Mobile App or call us immediately at 800-477-4747.
Cable or telephone lines can be energized if they come into contact with electrical lines. Contact with any active power line can result in death.
Never use a portable generator inside a home or business. It emits carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. Keep it outside, away from windows and doors, so that fumes don’t get in.
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