Power back on for most DTE customers after weekend storm
Most of the 158,000 DTE Energy customers who lost power in Saturday’s gusty winds and rain are now out of the dark.
Fewer than 1,000 scattered outages remained at 9 p.m., and that number was declining, spokesman John Austerberry said. At 4 p.m., the utility reported 14,000.
The rest of the customers without power are expected to be restored Tuesday, DTE said. Line crews, including nearly 200 linemen from neighboring utilities who joined the restoration effort earlier, continue to work 16-hour shifts.
Meanwhile, the recent rain prompted the weather service to issue a flood warning for the River Raisin at Monroe, Dundee and Blissfield.
Moderate flooding was forecast at Dundee, with the river expected to crest around 652 feet, or 2 feet above flood stage, Tuesday evening, the notice said.
Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. said almost all of about 4,000 affected customers were back online by Sunday morning.
Dan Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, said Saturday night winds gusted at 35-45 mph “with wet trees and wet grounds that allowed trees to come down a little easier,” onto power lines.
Rainfall was higher than the average so far this month, according to the National Weather Service, by about 2 inches.
The storm dumped between three-quarters of an inch to 11/2 inches of rain on parts of Metro Detroit. It did not set a record; that was done the same day in 1983 when the area received 1.79 inches or rain.
The sun came out Monday afternoon, boosting temperatures into the 70s, but don’t get used to the calmer conditions.
Tuesday’s forecast calls for showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon, NWS said.
Another chance for showers and storms comes Wednesday.