Most outages restored, DTE says
DTE crews working 16-hour shifts had restored power by 9 p.m. Wednesday to virtually all of the more than 180,000 homes and businesses that went dark on Monday when high winds howled through southeast Michigan.
“DTE Energy knows that families are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday,” officials wrote in an email update. “With that in mind, crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to the remaining impacted customers.”
Winds topping 60 mph caused more than 2,000 downed power lines throughout the metro area, according to DTE, which hopes to have the majority of power restored by Wednesday night. About 150 line workers from Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin joined the restoration efforts Wednesday, DTE said.
According to the NWS, Ypsilanti recorded winds of 60 mph, followed by 58 at Detroit Metro, 58 at Coleman A. Young International Airport, 53 in Pontiac, 53 in Monroe and 52 mph in Ann Arbor.
Loss of power also closed roughly 60 schools across Metro Detroit on Tuesday and caused delayed openings in a number of others.
The weather for Thanksgiving includes a 30 percent chance of a light dusting of snow with a daytime high of about 35 degrees.