DTE ISSUES UPDATE ON POWER OUTAGES

As of this morning, DTE Energy had restored power to about 85 percent, or 126,700 of the 150,000, customers impacted by the high winds that blew across southeast Michigan on Saturday and Monday. 

About 23,300 of these customers remain without service. The majority of the power outages are in: · Oakland County: 13,000, Wayne County: 2,000 and Macomb County: 5,000. 

The remaining outages are scattered throughout DTE Energy's service area. DTE estimates about 95 percent of customers impacted by the storms will be restored by the end of the day Tuesday, April 15.

DTE Energy crews are working around the clock to restore service. Crews from Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin are assisting with restoration efforts. 

Crews are facing additional challenges today because of the overnight snowfall.

Strong winds, with gusts up to 60 mph, caused more than 300 power lines to come down. Customers need to exercise extreme caution and assume any wire is live. 

Stay at least 20 feet away from any downed wire and anything it’s in contact with, keep children and pets away, and call DTE Energy at (800) 477-4747 to report the downed line.

Tree-trim crews are cutting fallen limbs and clearing the area to assist repair crews. 

To allow the tree-trim crews to quickly get to the next location where they are needed, they will cut and stack limbs for homeowner use or disposal rather than remove the material. 

Customers can report an outage, check on the status of an outage, and view our outage map, all from their smart phones. Customers also may call DTE Energy at (800) 477-4747 to report power outages or downed lines. We encourage customers to use our mobile website at dteenergy.com or their iPhone or Android phone to report a power problem using the DTE Energy Outage Center app. The app is available free of charge from the Apple Store or Google Play.
 
Additional information on the current storm – including our online Power Outage Map – is available at www.dteenergy.com/outage.
 
Storm tips:
  • Never drive across a downed power line. If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain inside until help arrives.
  • Don’t open refrigerators or freezers more often than absolutely necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for 12 hours. Kept closed, a well-filled freezer will preserve food for two days.
  • Turn off or unplug all appliances to prevent an electrical overload when power is restored. Leave on one light switch to indicate when power is restored.
  • Always operate generators outdoors to avoid dangerous buildup of toxic fumes.
  • If a customer is elderly or has a medical condition that would be adversely impacted by a power outage, they should try to make alternative accommodations with family or friends.
  • During low-voltage conditions – when lights are dim and television pictures are smaller – shut off motor-driven appliances such as refrigerators to prevent overheating and possible damage. Sensitive electronic devices also should be unplugged.
  • Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets or any electrically-operated appliance. The water or moisture may serve as a conductor of electricity.  This can cause serious or even fatal injury.
  • Assemble an emergency kit. It should include a battery-powered radio, a flashlight and candles, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a fire extinguisher, bottled water and non-perishable food.
  • Customers who depend on electrically powered medical equipment should ask their physician about an emergency battery back-up system. If a customer is elderly or has a medical condition that would be adversely impacted by a power outage, they should develop an emergency plan that allows for alternative accommodations with family or friends.
  • Keep a corded or cell phone on hand because a cordless telephone needs electricity to operate.  Also, customers should learn how to manually open automated garage doors.
  • Customers who depend on a well for drinking water need to plan ahead on how they will obtain water.  Store containers of water for cooking and washing.