41K remain without power in Metro Detroit as DTE tries to wrap up repairs

Louis Aguilar and Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

About 41,000 DTE Energy Co. customers remained without power Tuesday morning but the utility vows to restore power to most by late today.

The Friday night storm, which DTE called one of the most damaging in the company’s 111-year history, left about 462,000 in the dark across Michigan.

Meanwhile, several schools remained closed Tuesday. The schools are Hazel Park Community Schools, Highland Park Renaissance Academy High, International Preparatory Academy MacDowell in Detroit, Madison-Carver Academy in Detroit, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Beverly Hills, Schoolhouse Montessori-Farmington Hills and Wood Creek Elementary in Farmington Hills.

The National Weather Service predicts partly sunny skies with highs in the 70s on Tuesday. But Wednesday has the potential for more severe weather. ,

Winds could gust as high as 30 miles per hour, and rainfall could exceed half an inch in spots, meteorologist Sara Schultz said.

“Those are the biggest threats” as the front pushes through, she said.

After that comes a cool-down. On Thursday and Friday, the temperatures are expected to drop to highs in the 60s and lows near 50, the weather service predicts.

That’s a change from the powerful weekend storms. Wind gusts of more than 75 mph caused more than 4,000 downed power lines across DTE’s southeast Michigan service area. At its height, as many as 375,000 of its customers lost power.

DTE said crews are working 16-hour shifts to restore service to customers.

Meanwhile, Consumers Energy said it’s nearly done restoring service to the last of its 87,000 affected customers.

laguilar@detroitnews.

Twitter: LouisAguilar_DN