July 30, 2014 at 6:06 pm

DTE restoring power to last of Metro Detroit's outages

Pontiac A utility says nearly all of the roughly 223,000 homes and businesses that lost power when severe thunderstorms hit Michigans Lower Peninsula should have electrical service back soon.

Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. says 7,000 customers remain without power early Wednesday evening out of 186,000 affected. The remaining customers should have power restored by late Wednesday, said DTE Energy Vice President Trevor Lauer.

The utility says a majority of the remaining outages are in Oakland County, north of Detroit.

Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp.s Consumers Energy unit says it restored power to 37,000 of its customers that lost power because of the storms.

The National Weather Service reports storm winds reached 70 mph, knocking down trees and ripping roofs off buildings. It says 3-inch hail fell near Midland.

Staff writer Candice Williams and Associated Press contributed.