Power restored to thousands after Saturday storms bring high winds

Hannah Mackay and Karen Bouffard
The Detroit News

Power was restored by late Sunday to most of nearly 100,000 energy customers who lost power during Saturday storms.

The outlook looks good to keep power flowing. The National Weather Service reported weather should be cleared up across the state by Sunday night.

Severe thunderstorms and high winds took out the power to 93,000 Consumers Energy customers Saturday night and 4,500 DTE Energy customers.

As of Sunday night, a line of "light showers" stretched across southern Michigan from Detroit to Hillsdale, but it was expected to clear up by the end of the night, said Dave Kook, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service station in White Lake Township.

"There’s still a chance for Lenawee and Monroe to get some rain or a thunderstorm, but after that front goes south, nobody should see anything much after that," he said.

"Tomorrow’s going to be nicer — partly sunny with temps around 80 for most of Metro Detroit, and the humidity will be much lower."    

By 9 pm Sunday, power was restored to more than 71% of the Consumers Energy customers, leaving about 27,000 customers without electricity. The utility expected to have power fully restored by 6 p.m. Monday, the company said in a press release. 

All but 1,481 of the DTE customers who lost power were restored by 10 pm Sunday, the utility reported on its website. 

Nearly 200 Consumers Energy and contracted crews worked around the clock to repair the damage, the company said in the release. Winds topping 60 mph swept across Michigan on Saturday night and early Sunday, causing damage and power outages in 48 Lower Peninsula counties.

DTE reported it had 72 crews out repairing the damage as of 10 p.m. Sunday.

“We appreciate Consumers Energy’s customers, and their patience and understanding as crews worked around the clock today to make significant progress restoring power across the state,” said Roger Curtis, Consumers Energy’s officer in charge for Sunday's power restoration work.