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Substation failure knocks out power in Dearborn

Tom Greenwood

DTE Energy Co. crews are working to restore power to 12,000 homes and businesses caused by the weekend snowstorm and the failure of a Dearborn substation Monday morning.

“We have about 6,000 clients without power because of the substation failure and another 6,000 due to the heavy snow over the weekend,” DTE spokesman Scott Simons said.

“At one point, the snow storm affected about 80,000 homes and businesses with the heaviest hit areas in Detroit and western Wayne.”

According to the DTE outage map, about 6,000 Dearborn residents are lacking electricity in an area largely located between Tireman and Ford and between Greenfield and Oakman.

On the east side, about 2,500 clients are without power in an area located mostly between Kelly and Interstate 94 and East Outer Drive and Moross.

The rest of the outages are scattered across the metro area.

“We expect to have power restored to the majority of our clients by late Monday night,” Simons said.

There’s a chance of more precipitation hitting the metro area Monday in the form of light snow. According to the National Weather Service station at White Lake Township, there is a 60 percent of snow with accumulations of less than 1/2 inch.

Snow showers are likely after 11 a.m. with a high temperature of about 33 degrees. The total daytime snow accumulation should be less than 1/2 an inch.

Monday night will bring a 30 percent chance of snow showers with a low of 28.

Tuesday will be cloudy with a high of 37 and with a night-time low of 26.

Wednesday will be sunny and 44 with a low of 37.

Thanksgiving Day shows a 40 percent chance of showers with a high near 50 degrees and a night-time low of 44.

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