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Crews work to restore power in Metro Detroit

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

DTE crews working 16-hour shifts had restored power by 11 a.m. Wednesday to 175,000 of the more than 180,000 homes and businesses that went dark on Monday when high winds howled through southeast Michigan.

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 linemen from Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin joined the restoration efforts Wednesday, DTE said.

"The high winds we had on Monday have diminished considerably," said Mike Richter, meteorologist for the National Weather Service out of White Lake Township. "We may see some gusts of 20 to 25 mph but nothing like we had yesterday."

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 the metro area Tuesday and caused delayed openings in a number of others.

The weather for turkey day includes a 30 percent chance of a light dusting of snow with a daytime high of about 35 degrees.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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Extended forecast

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with highs of 32 to 36.

Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with lows of 25 to 29.

Thanksgiving Day: Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow showers. Highs 33 to 37.

Thursday night: Mostly clear. Lows 19 to 23.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with highs of 28 to 32.

Friday night: Mostly cloudy with lows of 26 to 30.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with highs of 43 to 47.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Lows of 33 to 37.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with highs of 43 to 47.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 24 to 28.