DTE Energy working to restore power to 23K

The Detroit News
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DTE Energy crews are working to restore power to the remaining 23,000 customers in southeast Michigan still in the dark after Thursday's heavy, wet snowstorm.

The outages were scattered across Metro Detroit late Friday, including large clusters near Milford, Ann Arbor and Farmington, according to the utility's online map.

More than 100,000 customers were affected when the snowstorm moved into the region, weighing down utility wires and branches.

"We expect to have 85 (percent) of the 105,000 impacted restored by 11:30 pm tonight," the company said on Twitter.

It also said its repair crews are working 16-hour shifts around the clock to restore service. 

DTE Energy customers can check on service restoration estimates through DTE's online outage map.

DTE Energy - Outage Map

The company also urges customers to avoid downed lines and heed the warning of yellow caution tape.

"If you see a downed power line, stay at least 20 feet away from anything it touches," officials tweeted.

Based in Detroit, DTE Energy serves 2.2 million electricity customers in Southeastern Michigan and 1.3 million natural gas customers in Michigan.

Meanwhile, the state's other large energy company, Consumers Energy, reported Friday morning that 99.9 percent of its customers had service.

Based in Jackson, Consumers Energy provides electric and natural gas service to nearly 6.6 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.