After two storms on Friday knocked out power to more than 100,000 households across Michigan, most of those affected in Metro Detroit have been restored, officials said Saturday afternoon. But nearly 60,000 were still in the dark across the state.

Most were expected to get their power restored by Sunday or Monday in the worst-hit areas.

DTE Energy reported that 14,000 customers in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties were affected during the early storm on Friday. But when storms rolled through in the evening, that figure climbed to 40,000 spokeswoman Jill Wilmot said.

Crews were working to restore power and by late Saturday afternoon, Wilmot said 2,100 Metro Detroit customers remained without power. The majority of those customers were in the hardest-hit area around Mount Clemens, New Baltimore and Macomb Townships, where lightening and high winds caused a lot of damage.

“Our hope is to have most of those restored by 11:30 p.m. tonight,” Wilmot said.

There are a couple of spots that is requiring multiple crews to fix, and those areas may not get restored until tomorrow, Wilmot added.

“Our goal is by tomorrow afternoon,” she said. “We have our crews working through the night to get everyone back on as soon as possible.”

The utility also warns residents to stay at least 20 feet away from downed lines and report them at 1-800-477-4747.

Meanwhile, across Michigan, 59,000 people were still without power, according to a statement from Consumers Energy. That number was down from 156,000 customers affected by the storms which brought down more than 2,000 wires across the state.

The majority of residents outside Metro Detroit still without electric service should have power restored by 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. In areas hit harder, including Grand Rapids and parts of Kent and Ottawa counties, restoration of power may not occur until Monday.

“Today’s weather has provided ideal conditions for the men and women doing restoration work,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy vice president of electric operations. “Many of these individuals are working 16-hour shifts and the cooler, less humid conditions are certainly welcome. We appreciate our customers’ continued patience as we work around the clock to get everyone restored.”

On Saturday, Consumers Energy reported that additional crews from outside Michigan had been brought in to help in the restoration effort.

As the storms came through Friday evening, the National Weather Service received reports of downed lines, snapped limbs and even funnel clouds in Genesee County.

Branches and electrical wires were toppled in Chesterfield Township, while sizable hail fell in Livonia, Garden City and Ann Arbor, according to the weather service. Some flooding also was reported in spots.


On Saturday, Consumers Energy reported that additional crews from outside Michigan had been brought in to help in the restoration effort.

During the first round of storms Friday, winds in excess of 70 mph affected a swath from Muskegon to Holland to Jackson, with a lot of tree damage in Grand Haven, said meteorologist Steve Considine with the National Weather Service.

The storms intensified over Lake Michigan and moved east. A Grand Haven man died after a tree fell on his house.

Tomorrow, the weather is forecast to

be clear and sunny with the high reaching 82, said Deb Elliott, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township. But there is a 40-50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms developing overnight and into Monday.

Reporter Kim Kozlowski contributed.

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