Strong winds leave 600000 people without power in Detroit
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 10, 2017,
Mar 10, 2017, 0:45
In response, Consumers Energy set up a mobile command center in Rockford, where the technology inside helps crews do their job more efficiently so the power can be restored faster. "Lots of trees and power lines are down".
"At this time, we are unable to provide an estimate until a full assessment of the situation has been completed", Mullen said, adding DTE's first priority is addressing downed wires. A fire was sparked by downed power lines in St. Clair County's Kimball Township, prompting nearby homes to be evacuated.
At a press conference at DTE Energy Headquarters in downtown Detroit on Thursday, DTE Energy president Trevor Lauer shared details around the widespread power outage and the path toward restoration.
Gov. Rick Snyder activated the state's Emergency Operations Center Thursday to closely monitor and share information as increasing reports of storm damage and power outages across the state are becoming available from local communities and utilities.
"We are working on our getting our website and outage map back up", DTE Energy said.
Fouts said city fire officials estimate there are 70 downed primary electrical wires, 100 secondary ones and 28 non-functioning traffic signals.
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The cause of the extensive problems was the wet ground after the unusually mild winter and excessive rains. More than 800,000 buildings were impacted, DTE said.
He says the outages this week are the worst Consumer's Energy has seen since 2013.
We'll keep you updated throughout the day.
It had started with a reporter that Lee Begole Drive was closed due to a downed power line over the road, Novi police reported.
The utility said the hardest hit areas were in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. DTE advised MI residents to use extreme caution if they come into contact with a downed line.
Both Poppe and Norcia said line crews from throughout the Midwest are assisting with the power restoration effort.