Christmas Eve brings high winds, power outages

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Christmas Eve brought an unwanted present for some 3,000 DTE Energy customers in southeast Michigan when high winds knocked out their power.

Those outages — a fraction of the utility's estimated 2.1. million electric customers — included clusters in southwest Detroit and near Brighton, according to the company website.

But there's hope. Crews are working overnight and are on standby at service centers "so they can get to locations where there are outages very quickly," spokeswoman Randi Berris said. "We're being very aggressive to ensure our customers have power on Christmas Day."

The National Weather Service said winds reached as high as 39 mph in Monroe, 37 mph in Ypsilanti, 35 mph in Ann Arbor and 31 mph in Pontiac.

Winds could gusts as high as 29 mph overnight, according to NWS. There's also a chance of rain and snow before 2 a.m., but little or no snow accumulation as lows hover in the mid-30s.

The Christmas Day forecast calls for more wind and highs in the upper 30s.

The weather service predicts warmer readings to start the post-holiday weekend, with temperatures rising into the 40s on Friday and Saturday.