After high winds, many school districts closed Thursday
The strong winds that whipped across southeast Michigan on Wednesday and left hundreds of thousands of customers in the dark has also prompted many school districts to close.
At least 18 districts are scheduled to close Thursday due to power outages or wind-related issues, according to their online notices and statements. They include:
Clarkston Community Schools
Brighton Area Schools
Clintondale Community Schools
Chippewa Valley Schools
Cranbrook Schools in Oakland County
Detroit Community Schools
East Detroit Public Schools
Ecorse Public Schools
Fitzgerald Public Schools
Howell Public Schools
L’Anse Creuse Public Schools
Lincoln Park Public Schools
Roseville Community Schools
South Lyon Community Schools
Trenton Public Schools
Utica Community Schools
Warren Consolidated Schools
Westwood Community School District
Woodhaven-Brownstown School District
The closures come as crews work around the clock to restore electricity to about 850,000 customers who remained without power Wednesday night. DTE and Consumers Energy both reported thousands of downed lines across the region.
The conditions also prompted Gov. Rick Snyder to activate the State Emergency Operations Center, he tweeted late Wednesday. The center allows state, local and federal agencies to coordinate a response to a disaster, emergency or terrorist event, according to Michigan State Police who help oversee it.
Utility officials estimated some residents could be without power for days.