18,000 DTE customers remain without power in southern Michigan

Associated Press

Detroit — DTE Energy Co. says about 18,000 homes and businesses remain without power two days after severe thunderstorms struck parts of southern Michigan, knocking out service to 174,000 utility customers.

Tuesday’s storms brought 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines.

DTE says about 18,000 of its 165,000 affected customers remain powerless late Thursday morning, the majority in Wayne County. It says mature trees knocked down some major power lines, slowing the restoration process.

DTE says its crews are working 16-hour shifts to restore service. It says additional crews from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana are assisting. It says the “vast majority” of those still affected will be back on line by late Thursday.

CMS Energy Corp.’s Consumers Energy unit says it has restored power to 9,000 affected customers.