Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Strong winds leave 600000 people without power in Detroit

Strong winds leave 600000 people without power in Detroit

More than 1 million MI electric customers, including homes, schools and hospitals, were without power on Thursday after a windstorm caused the biggest outage in state history, utility companies said.

At times, winds have gusted up to 60 miles per hour, causing extensive tree damage, resulting in more than 2,000 downed wires so far. Consumers Energy has set up a mobile command center in Rockford.

Consumers said it believes all service will be restored to its customers by Sunday evening.

"It's a fluid situation" and there was no telling when power will be restored.

"If that wire is live, it's touching the fence and that means it's going all the way down there, so yes, definitely stay away from that", he says.

High winds are knocking down trees and power lines in parts of MI and fueling fires.

On Wednesday, they had 170 Consumers Energy crews out, 86 contracted power crews out, and are bringing more in as soon as possible.

Police say the accident killed the driver, 20-year-old Maxwell Muessig of Midland, Michigan, and passenger 23-year-old Margaretta Potter of Jamestown, Rhode Island.

Strong winds fanned a blaze that killed five people in a Detroit apartment building and pushed a plane carrying members of the University of MI basketball team off a runway during takeoff southwest of Detroit. Many schools were closed Thursday and there were reports of damage to numerous properties.

Thousands of people are without power in the Twin Cities metro Wednesday morning as gusts up to 60 mph lashed southern Minnesota over the last 24 hours, damaging power lines.

Wednesday's winds fanned a blaze that killed five people in a Detroit apartment building and pushed a plane carrying members of the University of MI basketball team off a runway during takeoff southwest of Detroit.

More than 4,000 power lines and at least 1,000 utility poles were toppled, creating widespread outages and safety hazards compounded by fallen trees uprooted in soil left softened in unusually warm winter weather and heavy rains, utility officials said.

About 300 remained without power in Elkhart County, and 150 I&M customers in LaPorte County.

DTE said the restoration team is working 24 hours a day to restore power.

The Huron County Road Commission was busy Wednesday taking care of trees that fell in roadways throughout the county - some in Caseville and others on M-19. Customers can also call DTE at 800-477-4747 to report power outages or downed lines. A University of MI airplane crashed while trying to take off from the Willow Run Airport at Ypsilanti, located in Washtenaw County.

"Just glad no one was hurt", said Reggie. He says trees and foliage are more susceptible to the high winds when ground is less stable.

Jackson Fire Department Capt.

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