1 dead as high winds down trees, cut power to hundreds of thousands in Michigan

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
A street light pole snapped when high winds downed a tree branch which fell on power lines going to the pole on Kendal Street in Dearborn Friday.

One person died and more than 300,000 residents were without power Friday as blustery winds blanketed the state.

A 36-year-old man was killed in Independence Township when part of a tree fell on him. 

Some 260,000 DTE Energy customers lost power, DTE said, as blustery winds swept in through much of the day. 


"We're continuing to monitor the weather and coordinating with crews but we don't have a restoration time yet," spokeswoman Amanda Knaebel said. 

A tree branch fell down Oakman Boulevard near Warren in Dearborn on Friday after high winds swept through the area.

The company also urges customers to avoid downed lines and heed the warning of yellow caution tape.

"Be cautious, careful and call DTE if you see any public safety hazards," Knaebel said. 

Consumers Energy reported 68,000 outages. Initially, the utility reported 88,000 customers were affected. 

Roger Morgenstern, spokesman for Consumers Energy, said the company was working at restoring the majority of outages by Saturday.

A postal worker was injured when a tree fell on him in South Lyon. Other reports included downed power lines in Ortonville sparking brush fires, according to weather service  reports. 


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